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  • CNN legal analyst: "Trump is right about the FBI"

    Clearly "the end is nigh"...
    Trump is right about the FBI

    By Paul Callan

    Updated 8:26 PM ET, Fri December 29, 2017

    Paul Callan is a CNN legal analyst, a former New York homicide prosecutor and current counsel at the New York law firm of Edelman & Edelman PC, focusing on wrongful conviction and civil rights cases. Follow him on Twitter @paulcallan. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.

    (CNN)The ferocity of President Donald Trump's recent attacks on the integrity of the FBI has sent shock waves through an agency accustomed to public adulation in recent years. Sadly, much of the presidential criticism of the bureau may be entirely legitimate.

    [...]

    When news of the text messages between Strzok and Page came to light against the backdrop of claimed McCabe improprieties, it became harder to just dismiss all of Trump's FBI conspiracy claims as delusional -- though many of his critics do.

    Strzok was one of the FBI's top counterintelligence agents supervising the investigation of Clinton's controversial email problems. He subsequently joined Robert Mueller's Trump/Russia investigation, and the question lingers as to why his obvious anti-Trump prejudice was not uncovered in his job interview for the position with Mueller.

    Strzok was one of the FBI's top counterintelligence agents supervising the investigation of Clinton's controversial email problems. He subsequently joined Robert Mueller's Trump/Russia investigation, and the question lingers as to why his obvious anti-Trump prejudice was not uncovered in his job interview for the position with Mueller.

    [...]

    The shocking aspect of the Strzok/Page discussions about the "terrifying" possibility of Trump's election is that some of those discussions may have taken place, according to one of Strzok's texts in "Andy's Office."

    CNN has reported that the text was presumably referring to the office of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in August of 2016. Page had previously opined, according to the texts: "There's no way he gets elected." Strzok, however, texted that even if Trump's election is a long shot, "I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office ...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."

    The most benevolent interpretation of this Strzok statement, as suggested by The Wall Street Journal, is that Strzok was advocating a fast and aggressive pursuit of the Russia investigation "because some of Mr. Trump's associates could land administration jobs and it was important to know if they had colluded with Russia," according to the Journal's story.

    [...]

    Strzok was the FBI agent who changed the language used by former Director Comey in his controversial July 5, 2016, public statement clearing Clinton of criminal charges regarding her handling of classified materials. Strzok changed the final draft wording of Comey's statement from "grossly negligent" (which is commonly used in criminal cases) to the softer, non-criminal "extremely careless" wording.

    Trump supporters would point to this as evidence that Strzok, the FBI's No. 2 counterintelligence agent, appears to be executing a plan within the FBI to clear Clinton and then destroy Trump's candidacy with the Russia investigation.

    Causing further headaches for FBI brass, we now know that Deputy Director McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, an unsuccessful Democratic 2015 candidate for the state senate in Virginia, had received approximately $700,000 in campaign contributions from then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee and the state's Democratic Party.

    [...]

    McAuliffe had been the campaign chairman of Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign and has been described by onlookers as being "as close as family" to the Clintons.

    While McCabe's wife certainly has a right to run for office, her acceptance of hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from sources with clear links to the Clintons was a red-flag warning that should have caused McCabe to recuse himself from any involvement in any Trump/Hillary related investigations.

    [...]

    McCabe remains a very important figure in the unfolding Mueller investigation; the latest reports are that McCabe may be a key witness backing Comey's claim that the President had improperly asked him to terminate the Flynn investigation. McCabe's credibility, however, may now be compromised by the facts and circumstances regarding Strzok's text messages, the meetings in "Andy's Office" and the political contributions given to McCabe's wife.

    While I rarely agree with much of what the President does or says regarding legal issues, this time he's got it right. The FBI's reputation has been severely damaged not by the President's criticism but by a systematic failure of the bureau's leadership.

    [...]
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/29/opinio...ion/index.html
    Last edited by The Doctor; 30 Dec 17, 13:41.
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  • #2
    The Russian investigation seems to be more corrupt then the actions they are investigating.

    So far reporters and the intelligence committees have received only 375 out of 10,000 text messages between Strzok and Page. The department promised to provide more texts "on a rolling basis." It will be interesting to see what else comes out.

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    • #3
      Oh no! Can it be Chicago politics (Obama) and the Clintons colluding...?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
        Oh no! Can it be Chicago politics (Obama) and the Clintons colluding...?
        The Devilís alliance?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Work_permit View Post
          The Devilís alliance?
          Organized crime...

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          • #6
            CNN saying Trump is right about something?

            I wonder why one of the regular supporters of CNN didn't post this story...
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            • #7
              He's probably in the hospital right now being treated for a stroke.
              Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TacCovert4 View Post
                He's probably in the hospital right now being treated for a stroke.
                He does eat a lot of fast food and Old Bay ice cream..............good thing he never smoked, drank, or did drugs.
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