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    Andrew McCabe did his initial interview on 60 Minutes, but since then he has been making the rounds doing several interviews on CNN, MSNBC and the networks. I watched him on Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Nicole Wallace and Chris Hayes, plus excerpts from many of the other interviews. Today will be Ari Melber's turn on MSNBC. Each of these interviews takes a different tact...minimal repetition or rehashing of the same points.

    Media coverage of his interviews has also generally been positive, except for Fox News and other right wing organizations that continue to vilify him. Trump is continually attacking him on Twitter and elsewhere. I think McCabe has gotten under his skin.

    To me he comes across as honest and sincere. He responds to all questions carefully and articulates his positions quite well. I especially liked the way Nicole Wallace (a Republican) interviewed him. I believe him. I think Americans should be happy and proud that he was at the helm of the FBI for the short period after Trump fired Comey. If not for McCabe setting in motion the counter-espionage investigation against Trump, the Mueller investigation might never have happened. On more than one occasion, McCabe has speculated that Trump might be a Russian agent.

    I know we covered Andrew McCabe in other threads, but I believe as historians look back at the Trump investigations, Andrew McCabe will be a central figure. I suppose it should not be surprising that the Republicans are defending Trump against McCabe calling him, "Lying, Leaking, McCabe".

    I am looking forward to reading his book. It will arrive in the mail today.

    Amazon, Andrew McCabe: The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

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    I am now hooked. It's like reading a Tom Clancy novel. Yesterday, Ari Melber grilled Andrew McCabe on several points made in his book and prior interviews. McCabe held his own, but the only seemingly awkward point centered around the letter that Rosenstein wrote firing James Comey. According to McCabe, Donald Trump had written his own three page "rambling" letter of why he wanted Comey fired. Rosenstein reduced it to one simple reason: the "Hillary Clinton e-mail thing".

    In fact, according to McCabe, Trump had wanted to put the "Russian thing" in the letter, which would have clearly been seen as obstruction of justice. McCabe would not say why Rosenstein opted to not put the real reason in the letter -- the "Russian thing" -- but it certainly appears to me that Rosenstein was participating in a cover up to protect Trump from future obstruction charges. This, of course, occurred before Rosenstein's appointment of a Special Counsel (prompted by McCabe), and Trump himself was too stupid to realize what Rosenstein had done for him because shortly afterward on national TV (Lester Holt interview) Trump cited the "Russian thing" as his reason for firing Comey.

    Rosenstein will eventually have to come clean on why he wrote the letter as he did knowing full well that the real reason was the "Russian thing".

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    Of course it all depends on how Mueller will formulate this; which ever way, "obstruction" is an"hobby" of Trump and the GOP.
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    Schmidt:

    I just put "Threat" on reserve at the library today. Base on the publisher's comments, it should be a great read:

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    PW Reviews 2019 February #4

    This polished combination career retrospective, manifesto about the FBI's value, and rebuttal to Donald Trump's smears tells former FBI director McCabe's side of the story. The narrative toggles between stirring descriptions of McCabe's career as an FBI agent (one of what he calls the "t-crossing, i-dotting, shoe-leather-destroying beasts") and his stint as acting FBI director after President Trump fired James Comey, concluding that the "work of the FBI is being undermined by the current president." Highlights of McCabe's career include taking down Russian mobsters (teeing him up for commentary about interference in the 2016 election), tracking down terrorists, and responding to the Boston Marathon bombing. Of those in Trump's administration, McCabe describes attorney general Jeff Sessions as obsessed with finding a nonexistent "immigration angle" on counterterrorism and, worse still, berating the FBI for things that were actually the Justice Department's remit; he also recounts deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's agitated denials that firing Comey was his idea. The account is laced with sharp, amusing characterizations (special counsel Robert Mueller "is not—and I think he would admit this, probably while feigning slight resistance for comic effect—Mr. Casual") and pleasingly idiosyncratic turns of phrase ("a clownfish-crammed saltwater aquarium of a situation"). McCabe comes off as levelheaded and principled; while his views about the "danger" posed by digital privacy protections may put off some readers, fans of police procedurals will love his descriptions of FBI culture, and critics of the current administration will find his denouncements satisfying. This is one of the better Trump-related tell-alls. (Feb.)

    Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

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    Schmidt:

    I just picked up a copy of "The Threat" from the library yesterday, and am going to start reading it this afternoon.

    These words from the book summary made my ears wiggle:

    "right now the greatest threat to the United states comes from within, as president Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen"

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    "right now the greatest threat to the United states comes from within, as president Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen"

    Some people are tone deaf, others are color blind. In all seriousness, Trump has a very significant personality disorder where can't comprehend socially created boundaries or the need for them. He is aware that they exists and knows it can be counter productive to himself to cross some of those boundaries, but from his perspective, if he breaks the law and there are no consequence to him personally, he does not give damn how many other people suffer for his actions. If he can do things to his benefit, he does not give a flying-fuck how many people are on the loosing end as long as he is on the winning side, even if he is the only one.

    Like being color blind, he can't understand why cheating is wrong. So what if someone cheats, as long as they are declared the winner. How a person becomes winner is irrelevant to Trump.

    Like being tone deaf, he can't determine the difference between telling the truth and telling a lie. He simply states whatever he thinks it takes to win. Tell the truth, tell a lie, or mix the truth with lies. Do and say whatever works to be declared a winner.

    In Trump world, there are no boundaries that can not be crossed. People are either Winners or they are losers. Winners don't let boundaries (laws, rules, ethics,etc) get in their way. All boundaries that exist are for losers.

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    wwjd, excellent analyses; my only question remains how an country like this can be so stupid to elect such a person as Trump for the job.
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Andrew McCabe did his initial interview on 60 Minutes, but since then he has been making the rounds doing several interviews on CNN, MSNBC and the networks. I watched him on Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Nicole Wallace and Chris Hayes, plus excerpts from many of the other interviews. Today will be Ari Melber's turn on MSNBC. Each of these interviews takes a different tact...minimal repetition or rehashing of the same points.

    Media coverage of his interviews has also generally been positive, except for Fox News and other right wing organizations that continue to vilify him. Trump is continually attacking him on Twitter and elsewhere. I think McCabe has gotten under his skin.

    To me he comes across as honest and sincere. He responds to all questions carefully and articulates his positions quite well. I especially liked the way Nicole Wallace (a Republican) interviewed him. I believe him. I think Americans should be happy and proud that he was at the helm of the FBI for the short period after Trump fired Comey. If not for McCabe setting in motion the counter-espionage investigation against Trump, the Mueller investigation might never have happened. On more than one occasion, McCabe has speculated that Trump might be a Russian agent.

    I know we covered Andrew McCabe in other threads, but I believe as historians look back at the Trump investigations, Andrew McCabe will be a central figure. I suppose it should not be surprising that the Republicans are defending Trump against McCabe calling him, "Lying, Leaking, McCabe".

    I am looking forward to reading his book. It will arrive in the mail today.

    Amazon, Andrew McCabe: The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump

    Schmidt:

    You're a very smart man, since "lying, leaking, McCabe was in the news today.

    Trump's Justice Department plans to file criminal charges against McCabe, allegedly because he "lacked candor about whether he authorized media disclosures about the Clinton investigation during the 2016 campaign."

    Wait a minute.

    I thought that Jim Comey did that.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/andrew-mccabe-indictment_n_5d7a8a41e4b0e4c1226e9c17?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_source=politics_fb&utm_medium=facebook§ion=politics&fbclid=IwAR1KId0b-JJjHIBIOrEjWzUszLuawMMlHR3AJyP3IGMEwVWcJqgipbWXOIs

    Regardless of those charges play out, at least McCabe will not suffer financially due to the fact that his book was the top seller on Amazon one day BEFORE its official release.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/19/media/andrew-mccabe-the-threat-best-seller/index.html

    It's obvious to me that Trump is doing everything that he can to screw the guy, since screwing people is one thing that Trump is very good at.

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    On Thursday of this week, a grand jury in D.C. REFUSED to indict McCabe.

    Getting a grand Jury to provide an indictment is famously easy. As in, “would indict a ham sandwich” easy. If the letter is accurate in saying that a grand jury returned “no true bill” when confronted with the evidence against McCabe, that’s not just an unusual result; that’s a crushing embarrassment for Barr’s Justice Department and its first attempt at turning “Lock (insert name here) up” from a rally chant to reality.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/9/13/1885270/-Trump-and-Barr-get-an-embarrassing-slap-down-as-Grand-Jury-reportedly-will-not-indict-Andrew-McCabe?detail=emaildkre