CNN decided to do a little introspection on Tuesday when they had anchor Wolf Blitzer interview the former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe who is now an analyst for CNN, and ask him what he thought about the bombshell IG report that ripped apart what McCabe and others at the FBI had done in surveilling the Trump team.
When the report was released, McCabe, like the former FBI Director James Comey, played it like a complete vindication, claiming it showed that they hadn’t acted with bias. He even had the nerve to accuse the president of unfairly vilifying Christopher Steele, who spread the phony dossier at the funding of the Democrats.
I missed this from last week when Andrew McCabe told Chris Cuomo that Chris Steele had been "unfairly vilified" by President Trump. lol pic.twitter.com/3PB6bzPMoJ
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) December 17, 2019
But now, after the testimony of the IG, Michael Horowitz, Mccabe was more circumspect.
From Daily Caller:
“Jim Comey said it was sloppiness. This wasn’t just sloppiness. These were brutal mistakes, deliberate errors, concealments involving surveillance activities of an American citizen,” Blitzer said to McCabe, now a CNN analyst, in the interview.
That’s a fairly accurate assessment. The FBI was also excoriated in a rare public statement by the FISA Court’s Judge Rosemary Collyer, for providing “false information” and withholding other information that indicated Carter Page wasn’t a Russian agent in applications to conduct surveillance against him. She demanded that the FBI submit proposed reforms by January 10.
McCabe claimed he was “shocked,” but refusing to acknowledge his part in the abuse, blaming lower level agents.
“Shocked because we all believed, I certainly believed that the procedures we had in place were enough to guarantee that accurate information was going to the court and horrified because it cuts against one of our most fundamental duties and that is to be perfectly accurate and truthful and complete with the court at all times,” McCabe said. [….]
“What’s the biggest mistake you made?” Blitzer asked.
“The biggest mistake we made,” McCabe began. “The biggest mistake, I think, is the process that was in place essentially left so much responsibility on the lowest level of FBI agents and supervisors involved in a process that once those mistakes are baked in they become very, very hard for the many, many layers of oversight to uncover.”
What utter bull.
McCabe was in charge of much of it and intimately acquainted with the process, yet is now acting as though he had nothing to do with it? He personally signed one of the warrants.
He also claimed that the IG said was no evidence that those “mistakes” were intentional. Um, when you lie and alter and email to say that Carter Page wasn’t a CIA asset when they told you he was, that sounds pretty darn intentional to me.
This isn’t just about procedures. It’s about people getting away with this stuff for so long and suffering no consequences. It’s imperative that there be consequences to stop this from happening again and to restore justice.
Maybe it was the fault of the “lowest level of FBI agents.” But not in rank. In morality and adherence to constitutional standards.