Both NC and Bill (and others) take umbrage at some of my observations of D.Trump as is their right when they disagree. Their observations are fine and respected because in part they allow me to think of some things differently although not necessarily in the way they intended. Most recently NC pointed out that this blog has long condemned the FBI’s actions surrounding many matters in the Boston area of which I am aware. He then inquired why then do I complain when Trump goes after the FBI.
Bill on the other hand pointed to the statement from the White House stating that FBI Director McCabe was given inside information to Prince Preibus. Here is a report on the incident from TPM news:“Spicer said it was the FBI that first approached the White House about the veracity of a New York Times story asserting that Trump advisers had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign. Spicer said Priebus then asked both FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe if they would condemn the story publicly, which they declined to do.” The chief of staff said, well, you’ve put us in a very difficult situation,” Spicer said. “You’ve told us that a story that made some fairly significant accusations was not true. And now you want us to just sit out there.”
As I understand it, if Preibus is to believed FBI Deputy Director McCabe told him the NY Times assertions in a story were not true. I assume Preibus inferred from that the FBI’s investigation did not back up the NY Times story. If so, he wanted the FBI to put that out and that’s why he contacted Comey.
In the meantime the Tweeter in Chief started tweeting about this. On February 24 at 7:31 AM D.Trump wrote: “The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “leakers” that have permeated our government for a long time. They can’t even…… find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW”
Do you see the irony in the whole affair?
Trump is complaining about leakers based upon a leak that went to his staff. He wants the FBI to find the leakers but I can give him a good hint as to who one of them might be: Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Didn’t he give Priebus the leak that caught the White House in a trap? Or, is it in Trump’s world that leakers to his staff are all right but leakers to others aren’t.
Which brings me back to NC’s initial point. This is another example of the FBI in action and why I suggest it needs a full cleaning out but to date, despite NC’s suggestions otherwise, Trump has done nothing but pontificate about it. Why not demand that the leaker in chief McCabe lose his position? Failing to do that it seems to me that Trump likes McCabe leaking to him but dislikes other FBI agents leaking to others.
A TV discussion about this matter took place. A 30-year FBI agent (retired) was on and he said if there was any leaks he could guarantee they did not come from the FBI because if an FBI agent leaked something it was a criminal offense. I had to laugh. The biggest leaker in U.S. history, Deep Throat, was second in command of the FBI and assisted in bringing down a president because he had a grudge against him. Mark Felt wanted the top job as director and when Nixon gave it to another he vowed vengeance and worked to destroy him. Right now I can guarantee there are some in the FBI leaking in the hope of bringing Trump down and there are others hoping to undermine any investigation that may topple him.
I have been critical of McCabe before. He oversaw the investigation of Hillary’s emails at the same time his wife was running for office and being aided by Hillary’s close friend to the tune of $675,000. I wrote about it here and here .
If Trump is on the level he will act to stop the leaks. The first step is to terminate the employment of the FBI’s leaker-in-chief Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. That will send the type of message that needs to be sent that leaks will not be tolerated. Failing to do that sends the message Trump is happy that the FBI leaks stuff to him and will tolerate and countenance the abysmal ongoing actions of that Bureau.
Draining the swap requires pulling out the stopper. Right now the initials emblazoned on it are FBI.