In an interview with New York Times reporter Adam Goldman this weekend, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said that the Bureau was justified in using the discredited Steel Dossier to secure FISA warrants against American citizens, was acting appropriately when sending spies into the Trump campaign, and had nothing to apologize for in how the investigation into Russian collusion was conducted. McCabe, who is out selling his new book, which is all about “protecting America in the age of terror and Trump,” appears to feel no shame whatsoever about the disgraceful way the Justice Department behaved during the 2016 election.
In the interview, McCabe told Goldman that the FISA Court was well aware of the Steel dossier’s provenance, even though recent revelations have shown that the DOJ massively downplayed the fact that it was bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign.
“I do believe that we adequately notified the FISA Court of the information we were using, and what we thought of the information,” he said.
Well, yes, you definitely notified them that the dossier existed – it formed the entire basis for your warrant application against Trump campaign associate Carter Page. And you definitely notified them as to what you “thought of the information.” Namely, you thought it was just cherry! What you did NOT notify them about, save for a few well-hidden footnotes that probably went unnoticed by the court, was that this was a piece of political propaganda that had no more veracity than your average reader-post on ThinkProgress.
“I do think we represented it adequately,” McCabe said, ignoring the fact that at no point in the application are the words “DNC,” “Perkins Coie,” or “Clinton campaign” to be found. “I think everyone was satisfied that we had represented that accurately and adequately in the package.”
Now, it has always been our suspicion that the Department of Justice could have laid all of this out in painstaking detail for the FISA Court and still obtained their warrant with minimal difficulty. Make no mistake about it, everyone was on board with this witch hunt from the very beginning. From Obama to Susan Rice to John Brennan to James Clapper to Jim Comey to Loretta Lynch, it was all-hands-on-deck to STOP TRUMP by any means necessary. If that meant bending the Constitution to the breaking point? Oh well, at least it will keep Trump out of the White House.
What McCabe and the rest of these criminals did was nothing less than shocking and despicable. And the fact that they can go out there and write books about it and portray themselves as heroes is an ongoing black mark on our nation’s reputation. If we can’t have the satisfaction of seeing these thugs behind bars, the least we can ask is for them to slink back into the shadows where they belong.