…I’m just telling you, if these people — some of them — McCabe, Strzok Smirk, Lisa Page, any number of them. If there are indictments down the road — and we’ve still got a year and a half before the election, 14 months, whatever. You throw indictments in the mix, and that’s gonna snap people’s attention too, and that’s gonna move Trump’s approval numbers. Because that’s gonna be the legal system speaking, not Trump, not some political operative, not some Trump supporter in the media. People pay attention to indictments — and the fact that there were never any on Trump, never anything official (’cause they didn’t have anything). – Rush Limbaugh, 9/12/19
FoxNews.com reports that
CNN contributor Andrew McCabe is making waves at the cable news network after a U.S. attorney on Thursday recommended moving ahead with potential charges against the FBI honcho-turned-pundit.
McCabe, the former deputy and acting director of the FBI, appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy AG, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The potential charges relate to Justice Department inspector general findings against the CNN pundit regarding misleading statements tied to a Hillary Clinton-related investigation. The situation has raised eyebrows across the media industry and created a headache for the liberal-leaning CNN.
Some CNN staffers were reportedly aghast when the network hired McCabe in late August, simply because he’d been fired from the FBI for lying. Now that charges against McCabe are seemingly looming, some of the shock has turned to anger and confusion.
A current CNN on-air personality told Fox News this week that “it erodes our journalistic credibility to have so many highly anti-Trump, former Obama DOJ/security officials without a semblance of balance,” specifically pointing to pundits Samantha Vinograd, Jim Sciutto, Asha Rangappa, Juliette Kayyem and James Clapper, along with McCabe.
“It’s hard to see the justification for hiring him initially since it was publicly documented he’s, best case, a liar,” the on-air personality added. “How will CNN handle it if he’s also soon indicted?”
A second current CNN personality told Fox News on Thursday that many liberal-leaning staffers feel McCabe is “somewhat of a freedom fighter” who was “unfairly targeted” by the Trump administration. This was transparent on Thursday when CNN dispatched its top legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, to defend his “friend” McCabe while downplaying the potential charges.
“Andy McCabe is a CNN contributor. He’s a colleague and a friend to many of us who work here,” Toobin said. “This is an extremely unusual prosecution. Andy McCabe had the right to speak to reporters. That is beyond dispute. As deputy director of the FBI, he had the right to speak to reporters. He also has an impeccable record as one of the most honored and successful FBI agents of his generation.”
But not everyone inside CNN is defending McCabe.
The second anonymous on-air personality said he seems like a “good guy” in general but crucial blunders will ultimately define him.
“He made some colossal mistakes and the fact that he f—ing lied under oath, I have no sympathies for him,” the CNN staffer said. “How will [CNN] have him weigh in on anything related to integrity?”
The source predicted that CNN would “stand by McCabe until they can’t” and said network producers have kept McCabe out of situations where he could be “undressed” on-air by pundits with opposing views.
McCabe’s colleague also pointed out that CNN doesn’t typically refer to him as a “law enforcement analyst,” instead opting for the simpler label “correspondent.”
CNN did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment.
The FBI famously fired McCabe on March 16, 2018, after a Justice Department inspector general report found he had repeatedly misstated his involvement in a leak to The Wall Street Journal regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
Last month, McCabe sued the FBI and the Justice Department over his firing, arguing it was part of President Trump’s plan to rid the bureau of leaders he perceived as disloyal to him.
DePauw University professor and frequent CNN critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that the ratings-challenged network made a “questionable” move by hiring McCabe in the first place and needs to keep him off TV while things play out.
“With this latest development, the move looks even worse. McCabe has credibility issues, and that is a problem for a news channel that has had its professional practices challenged of late,” McCall said. “At the least, it would behoove CNN to suspend McCabe from his contributor position until the legal process has worked its way out.”
Here’s the problem that the “Fake News Network” faces:
Not only did McCabe lie about leaking information about the Clinton Foundation Probe to the Wall Street Journal….back in February…
McCabe told CBS’ News’ Scott Pelley during an interview that senior law enforcement officials discussed that option.
On Thursday, Pelley said McCabe described meetings at the Justice Department after former FBI Director Jim Comey’s firing, to discuss “whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president under the 25th Amendment.”
Of course, the covert Deep State Operation to keep Donald J. Trump from becoming president and then to remove him after he was fairly and justly elected by the American people began under the auspices of the Administration of Former President Barack Hussein Obama (mm mmm mmmm).
The incestuous nature of that covert operation resembles something out of a Tom Clancy Novel, only twice as large a conspiracy and three times as unbelievably dangerous.
This has been a well-planned “silent coup” designed to keep the Democratic Party in control of the Presidency and to further their goal of turning the United States of America into a Democratic Socialist Country, where the Politboro (Central Government) would prosper and us average Americans would spend our lives working for the glory of the State.
The election of a “Citizen Statesman” in the form of Donald J. Trump to the office of the Presidency ruined their plans.
That is why the Democratic Party, spearheaded by Rep. Jerry Nadler and the House Judiciary Committee, are still attempting to overturn the results of a fair election.
As long as McCabe’s transgressions only included his involvement with the Deep State Silent Coup against Candidate/President Trump, CNN was cool with that.
However, now that the indictments are about to begin, the Liberals at CNN have begun distancing themselves from this albatross which they intentionally hung around their neck.
The plague of Trump Derangement Syndrome, which runs rampant throughout CNN, was the reason that they made the horrible business move of hiring the disgraced Former Acting Director of the FBI, even though they knew in the back of their little Liberal minds that there might be repercussions down the road for such a tone-deaf decision.
Perhaps they would have been better off if they had stayed away from him.
Not that it would have done any good for their ratings, the majority of Americans do not watch them, anyway.
Until He Comes,