The leak to Fox News that the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie Liu, has recommended going ahead with prosecution of Andrew McCabe for lying to federal investigators appears to be solid. Inspector General Horowitz had made a criminal referral, and after 17 months of investigation, the case is no doubt solid.
(Legal eagle Andrew) McCarthy and others believe that even a D.C. jury could convict based on the facts already laid out by Horowitz. Some believe that the case against McCabe is so strong that he will be tempted to cop a plea and implicate higher-ups, such his boss James Comey and Comey’s boss, ex-president Barack Obama, in addition other FBI and DoJ colleagues like Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
In my dreams.
I am dead certain that Andrew McCabe does not want to face prison. A former acting director of the FBI would be prey for violent offenders in a federal pen, though his high-priced lawyers no doubt would demand a “Club Fed” minimum-security prison for a nonviolent offender — the kind of crook that Joe Biden thinks shouldn’t be jailed at all. A trial of the nation’s former chief law enforcement official would be too compelling for the Trump-hating media to ignore. But they most likely would portray the case as McCabe presents it — as Trump’s vengeance, and even claim that Trump is clamping down on his media enemies, now that McCabe has taken on the role of CNN commentator.
I still don’t think for one second that it’s remotely likely we’ll see anything remotely like the wet-dream housecleaning Lifson speculates on above, mind. But there’s also this:
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Friday notified the attorney general that he has concluded his investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by the Justice Department and FBI during the 2016 election, and is finalizing his report.
Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, revealed the development in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Friday afternoon, calling on the Democrat to invite Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray to testify before the panel once his report is released. The IG report will be sent to the Judiciary Committee and made public after the DOJ and FBI have had a chance to review the report and make any necessary redactions.
Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, claimed last month that all four FISA warrant extensions against Page had been found to be illegally obtained.
“I can report categorically that the inspector general has found that all four FISA warrants were illegal. They were based on false information supplied to the FISA Court. And Michael Horowitz has concluded that all four FISA warrants were illegal,” he told WMAL.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) said earlier this week that he expected Horowitz to report that all four FISA warrants were illegally obtained.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity asked Jordan for a “yes or no prediction” on the matter at the end of an interview Monday night. “I think he will. Michael Horowitz does good work,” Jordan said. Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett concurred, saying, “Absolutely.”
Of course, until the report is publicly released, such predictions should be viewed with a grain of salt.
Regardless of my hopeful boldface above, that last line is the one to remember. Nonetheless, as Fox News’ Catherine Herridge says, we’re in the endgame now. Nut-cuttin’ time is almost upon us; we’ll soon see if any of the Deep State swine get any of theirs caught under the knife.
Uh-oh update! Trey Gowdy throws some cold water on things, reinforces that last excerpted line above, and rekindles my bleak cynicism.