Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s seven-hour interrogation by congressional investigators did not go well for the embattled FBI agent who purportedly made statements that contradicted evidence and was unable to provide any substantive examples of verified allegations in the anti-Trump dossier.
McCabe’s testimony supposedly prompted House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) members to decide to issue new subpoenas for Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) personnel, Fox News reported exclusively.
Key takeaways from James Rosen’s report at Fox News:
- McCabe was supposedly a “friendly witness” to the Democrats that were present in the room.
- The Democrats tried to push McCabe into helping them build a case against President Donald Trump — and were unsuccessful.
- McCabe apparently described how thoroughly the FBI worked to verify the anti-Trump dossier and claimed that it is was credible.
- When pushed for examples of what was verified in the anti-Trump dossier, McCabe was only able to identify the fact that Trump campaign advisor Carter Page traveled to Moscow — McCabe could not even verify anything about the meetings that Page supposedly had.
- “The sources said that when asked when he learned that the dossier had been funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, McCabe claimed he could not recall — despite the reported existence of documents with McCabe’s own signature on them establishing his knowledge of the dossier’s financing and provenance.”
Assuming all the information from the Fox News’ report is accurate, this is disastrous for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged and unproven "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Mueller’s investigation has taken several major blows to its credibility, including the revelation that DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr was demoted from his position for hiding his connection to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier. It was later revealed that Ohr’s wife, Nellie H. Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS.
Last week, lawmakers released text messages from a key FBI agent on the case, Peter Strzok, that revealed the presence of an extremely strong anti-Trump bias in the government agency — and potentially on the case.
One text message is proving to be especially troublesome for Mueller’s investigation, CNN reports:
Later in a text from August 15, 2016, Strzok tells Page: “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office” – an apparent reference to Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe – “that there's no way he gets elected – but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40 . . . ." Page does not appear to have responded, according to records reviewed by CNN.
The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro weighed in on the gravity of that text message, noting how it changed the dynamics of the investigation in terms of who might be guilty and who should be investigated:
This looks an awful lot like motivation for launching an investigation into Trump in order to sink Trump as a hedge against Trump’s victory. The FBI’s investigation into Russian governmental interference in the election began in July 2016, just weeks before Strzok’s text message. And that means that there is now more of a smoking gun of FBI corruption against Trump than there is of Trump colluding with Russia.