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Andrew McCarthy: Why it’s unlikely the McCabe grand jury voted against indictment

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In coverage of the Andrew McCabe investigation, there seems to be a lot of adding two plus two and coming up with five.

The New York Times and Washington Post have reported that a grand jury met on Thursday in connection with a probe involving McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director. As I write this column on Friday evening, no indictment has been returned against McCabe. From this, and what seems to be some hopeful speculation about “hints of the case’s weakness” that could possibly have caused grand jurors to “balk,” the Times and the Post suggest that maybe the grand jury has voted against an indictment.

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This supposition has prompted a letter to the Justice Department from McCabe’s attorney, Michael Bromwich — a former colleague of mine who, besides being a skilled and shrewd attorney, is a Democrat and was last seen representing Christine Blasey Ford, Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser. Bromwich says he is hearing “rumors from reporters” about the filing of a “no true bill” — i.e., a grand-jury vote rejecting a proposed indictment of McCabe.

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While conceding that he “do[es] not know the specific basis for the rumors,” Bromwich intuits that they must be reliable because the newspapers ran with the story. Mind you, neither the Times nor the Post claims to have been told by any grand jurors that they declined to indict McCabe; nor do they report hearing from any knowledgeable government official that a no true bill was voted. Nevertheless, McCabe’s legal team is demanding that the Justice Department disclose whether an indictment was declined and refrain from seeking an indictment in the future.

This gambit, of course, floats the narrative that the case against McCabe must be crumbling — the media reports spur the Bromwich letter, which spur more media reports, rinse and repeat. But even allowing for the erosion of standards, this is thin gruel for both news reporting and legal claims.

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Joseph diGenova: McCabe prosecution would start holding Obama officials responsible for anti-Trump abuses

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It’s clear that the Justice Department is right to seek criminal charges against fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in light of the leaking and lying that cost him his job last year.

After rejecting a final appeal from McCabe’s legal team, the Justice Department stands ready to seek an indictment against McCabe based on his misconduct as described in an Office of the Inspector General’s report regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Fox News has reported.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that McCabe repeatedly lied to investigators about his leaking of confidential information regarding the Clinton probe. That’s a felony. The Justice Department would be remiss in its duty if it ignored the finding and let McCabe escape criminal charges.

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Fox News reported that U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu recommended moving forward with charges against McCabe and that Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen rejected an appeal by attorneys for McCabe to go against Liu’s recommendation.

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Liu and Rosen made the proper decision. Just because he held a high position in the FBI does not mean that McCabe is above the law.

In the latest development in the case, Fox News reported Friday that attorneys for McCabe are trying again to get the Justice Department to drop plans to prosecute the fired FBI official, who briefly served as acting director of the bureau after James Comey was fired from the top FBI job.

McCabe’s attorneys made the request citing “rumors from reporters starting this morning that the grand jury considering charges against Mr. McCabe had declined to vote an indictment,” according to an email from McCabe’s legal team obtained by Fox News.

If McCabe’s involvement is as extensive as some are suggesting, I have complete confidence that he’ll soon face charges far more serious than merely lying about his leaks.

The likely prosecution of McCabe is an important step in the necessary effort to hold senior Obama-era officials at the FBI and elsewhere accountable for abusing the power and credibility of the U.S. government in an attempt to reverse the American people’s choice of Donald Trump to become president of the United States.

Last month, I reassured Fox News readers that Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to pursue criminal charges against Comey was not “a vindication of Comey, a defeat for the president, or an end to the inquiry surrounding these leaks.”

The likely impending indictment of McCabe proves that I was right to trust Barr’s judgment. The restraint Barr showed in his handling of Comey’s own leaks adds to the legitimacy of the case against McCabe, which seems about to become the first prosecution in the “investigation of the investigators.”

This shows that President Trump’s Justice Department and Attorney General Barr are focused solely on the restoration of public trust, and that they’re totally committed to the integrity of the process as they seek to remove the stain left by the out-of-control Obama-era FBI leadership.

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We now know this investigation has teeth. All that remains to be seen is how far it all goes. A wider and wider swath of misconduct during the Comey-McCabe era is coming under scrutiny, as the motion alleging that the government withheld evidence in the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn shows.

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court documents – at least some of which reportedly carry McCabe’s signature — may finally be approaching declassification as well.

The ultimate question will be just how much evidence emerges linking McCabe to a conspiracy to trump up charges against Flynn and inflate the Russiagate hoax in an effort to sabotage President Trump.

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If McCabe’s involvement is as extensive as some are suggesting, I have complete confidence that he’ll soon face charges far more serious than merely lying about his leaks.

The decision to prosecute McCabe is the strongest indication yet that the Justice Department is on the trail of some truly nefarious behavior by some extremely high-ranking government officials. The only question now is how deep and broad this genuine conspiracy goes.

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Matt Gaetz: In McCabe case, ‘swamp creatures’ are ‘chewing on each other for once’

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Former FBI Director James Comey and his ex-deputy, Andrew McCabe appear to be at odds when it comes to claims McCabe showed a lack of candor to investigators about leaks to the press, according to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

While bureaucrats in what President Trump and many of his supporters call the “swamp” are often directing their rhetorical fire at the administration, that may change, Gaetz said Friday on “The Story.”

“The facts have Andrew McCabe dead to rights,” he said. “He lied to Comey, he lied to the inspector general, and he lied to the internal affairs investigators who determined he had authorized the release of information that disclosed the work that was being done regarding the Clinton Foundation.”

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“McCabe said, ‘Well, Comey knew about all these things.’ Comey disputes that. Now we’ve got some of the swamp creatures chewing on each other for once.”

At the time, Comey claimed he never authorized an information leak to The Wall Street Journal.

However, McCabe attorney Michael Bromwich previously told Fox News that “Mr. McCabe’s interaction with The Wall Street Journal – which by FBI rule and practice he was fully authorized to do – was not done in secret: it took place over the course of several days and others knew of it, including Director Comey.”

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On “The Story,” Gaetz said the Justice Department’s rejection of a McCabe appeal against potential litigation shows the government will apply the law “equally to everyone.”

“Now, McCabe appears to be potentially at the business end of an indictment for his false statements where he was trying to shape the media narrative regarding how the FBI and the DOJ were interacting on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.”

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

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Gowdy calls DOJ’s rejection of McCabe appeal a ‘celebration of our justice system’

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The Justice Department’s recommendation to move forward with charges against ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe exemplifies the fairness of the American justice system, according to Trey Gowdy.

McCabe’s effort to avoid charges relating to lying to federal investigators was stymied when Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen rejected the new CNN contributor’s appeal, Gowdy said Thursday on “The Story.”

“It’s a celebration of our justice system, where you can be the second-in-command at the world’s premier law enforcement agency and still be subject to investigation and potentially indictment,” said Gowdy, a Fox News contributor and former South Carolina Republican congressman.

Earlier Thursday, Fox News learned that U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu recommended moving forward with charges against McCabe.

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On “The Story,” Gowdy told host Martha MacCallum the ex-FBI official is nonetheless afforded the same constitutional rights as anyone else.

“He’s presumed innocent,” he said, noting some political observers may find that fact “wildly unpopular.”

“And even if he’s indicted, the indictment is no evidence of a crime,” Gowdy added.

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“I know politics doesn’t reward fairness, but our justice system needs to survive long past the political vagaries.”

Gowdy said McCabe lied to DOJ Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz and “leaked something that was in his best interest.”

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“It’s the oldest motive known to man, which is self-interest,” he said.

A source close to McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, “The department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”

McCabe spent 21 years with the FBI. He became the acting director in May 2017 after President Trump fired Director James Comey.

His legal team met with Liu in person to make an appeal not to move forward with any prosecution. They also met in person with Rosen for the same reason, according to a person familiar with the meetings.

McCabe’s team also sent an “extensive” letter to Rosen following the meetings, laying out their reasoning against moving forward with a prosecution, according to the source.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: McCabe indictment expected – what’s next?

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Federal prosecutors in Washington have recommended that criminal charges be filed against Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director, and the Justice Department has rejected a last-ditch appeal by McCabe’s lawyers, according to a report on Thursday by Fox News. This clears the way for what appears to be McCabe’s imminent indictment.

Jesse Liu, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia (appointed by Trump), has reportedly decided that McCabe should be charged. The decision was based on a referral by the Justice Department’s inspector general (appointed by Obama), Michael Horowitz. In a comprehensive report last year, issued after a probe of a leak of investigative information to the media orchestrated by McCabe, Horowitz found that McCabe had misled investigators, including making false statements under oath. As we observed here when the IG’s report was released, the case laid out by Horowitz appears compelling.

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The Fox report indicates that Liu signaled to McCabe’s lawyers that she was persuaded to file charges. McCabe’s lawyers then appealed that decision to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general (DAG). At least one source told Fox that McCabe’s team received an email from the Justice Department, which states: “The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”

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In the Justice Department chain of command, U.S. attorneys (who are presidential appointees confirmed by the Senate) report to the DAG. For most crimes, including false-statements offenses, the district U.S. attorney does not need authorization from the Justice Department to file charges. Nevertheless, in light of the facts that McCabe was a high-ranking Justice Department official (the FBI is part of DOJ) and that the potential charges stem from a Justice Department IG investigation, it makes sense that the district’s chief prosecutor would stay her hand to allow McCabe the opportunity to appeal to the Justice Department.

McCabe has indicated that, if charged, he would claim that the Justice Department was indicting him because of pressure from the White House. President Trump has been an unrestrained critic of McCabe, accusing him of rampant corruption.

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Jerry Falwell asks FBI to investigate alleged ‘criminal conspiracy’ against him by former Liberty U officials

Liberty University President  Jerry Falwell Jr. said he’s asked the FBI to investigate a “criminal conspiracy” against him that he alleges has been orchestrated by disgruntled former board members and employees of the evangelical Christian college.

Falwell said Tuesday he has evidence the former members shared emails belonging to the Lynchburg, Va.university with reporters in an attempt to damage his reputation.

“Our attorneys have determined that this small group of former board members and employees, they’re involved in a criminal conspiracy, are working together to steal Liberty property in the form of emails and provided them to reporters,” Falwell told The Hill.

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The accusations come after Politico published a story Monday, citing unnamed sources only described as current or former officials or associates of Falwell, alleging the university president “presides over a culture of self-dealing” that has inappropriately benefited him and his family.

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Jerry Falwell Jr., pictured here in November 2016, said Tuesday he has asked the FBI to investigate what he called a “criminal” smear campaign against him by former Liberty University board members and employees. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Falwell, one of President Trump’s earliest and staunchest supporters, has also come under increased scrutiny recently over his personal life and business investments, including his involvement in a Miami hostel.

Falwell claimed the emails were leaked as part of an “attempted coup” to oust him as school president, in part because of his support for Trump and the school’s financial stress following the death of his father — Rev. Jerry Falwell, the evangelist who founded Liberty and served as Moral Majority leader before dying in 2007 — as “leverage to take over.”

Speaking to the Associated Press, Falwell said he’s “not going to dignify the lies that were reported yesterday with a response, but I am going to the authorities and I am going to civil court.” He referred to the reporter who wrote the story as a “little boy.”

Falwell added Liberty University has hired “the meanest lawyer in New York,” whom he declined to identify, to pursue civil cases. Falwell also declined to identify the people he said were spreading the emails.

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“Liberty owns every single one of those emails. It’s our property. They were working for us when they used our server,” he told the AP. “Our policies make it clear every email sent on our server is owned by Liberty and if anybody shares it with anybody outside Liberty, it is theft. And so that’s the underlying crime.”

Liberty was founded in 1971 with just 154 students, but now boasts an enrollment of more than 100,000, including those in its massive online education program. It has become an influential hub of conservative politics, frequented by candidates courting evangelical voters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jason Chaffetz: Andrew McCabe headlining Democratic banquet in Pa. is ‘terribly tone-deaf’

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For ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to headline an upcoming banquet for Democrats in Lancaster County, Pa., is “terribly tone-deaf,” former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Wednesday.

McCabe should instead be concerned with the fact he was subject of a scathing inspector general’s report and could be mentioned in a forthcoming report from another federal prosecutor, Chaffetz, a Fox News contributor, said on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“He’s on the receiving end of one of the most scathing IG reports there’s ever been,” Chaffetz said. There’s at least two more IG reports coming out.”

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“We know that Mr. Durham, a U.S. attorney, is looking into these details,” he continued, referencing a Justice Department-sanctioned probe into the origins of the Russia investigation — which is being headlined by Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham.

Of McCabe, Chaffetz said his credibility has taken a hit over the past several months.

“He accomplished something that almost no other federal employee did — and that is, he got fired. … A career professional recommended his firing because he was lying, he was less than candid when being interviewed by federal investigators,” he said.

In 2018, McCabe was fired just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

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“Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

Later this month, McCabe will headline the Democratic fundraiser at a hotel in Lancaster, a city of about 59,000 residents, about 70 miles west of Philadelphia. Lancaster is Pennsylvania’s eighth-largest city.

According to the Lancaster County Democratic Committee’s website, Chairwoman JoAnn Hentz and other members recently held a conference call with McCabe.

Some of the topics the fired bureaucrat said he would discuss at the dinner include, “Russian meddling in the 2016 election,” and his own “one-on-one interactions with Donald Trump.”

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“Lest anyone thinks this will be a gloomy take on things, Mr. McCabe says he is sure there are brighter days ahead and will talk about why he feels this way,” the LCDC’s post said.

While McCabe criticized the president — even calling for Trump’s impeachment — the fundraiser appeared to represent his first official attempt to campaign against Trump since leaving the administration.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson and Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Florida police officer arrested on child pornography charges

A Florida police officer was arrested by the FBI Thursday on charges of possessing child pornography.

Gabriel Albala, 45, of Margate, Fla. was ordered held without bond following an appearance in Fort Lauderdale federal court Friday..

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The FBI interviewed Albala on Thursday morning before arresting him in the afternoon, according to FBI Miami.

Boynton Beach Chief of Police, Michael G. Gregory said in a statement that Albala had been relieved of duty following his arrest.

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Gabriel Albala, 45, of Margate, Florida was arrested without incident on child pornography charges in Boynton Beach on Thursday and is currently in federal custody. He was scheduled to appear in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Friday. (Broward Sheriff’s Office)

“This morning, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed a Boynton Beach Police Officer in regard to an ongoing federal investigation,” Gregory said. “This afternoon, the officer was taken into federal custody and relieved of duty … While this investigation has drawn scrutiny of this particular officer’s conduct, it is not reflective of all the women and men who serve this community.”

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The FBI’s Miami office did not respond to Fox News request for comment.

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The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Albala is accused of purchasing child pornography via the microblogging website Tumblr in September and October of last year. The transactions, which were done over Venmo, were described as innocuous purchases, such as “Textbook” and “Tutor.”

The paper reported that Albala’s next court appearance is set for Sept 4 and his arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 13.

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John Yoo: Comey IG report shows Trump didn’t obstruct justice, he ‘freed justice’

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The inspector general’s report on ex-FBI Director James Comey showed President Trump didn’t obstruct justice as some critics claim but instead “freed” it, according to former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo.

Yoo, who served in the George W. Bush administration, said Friday on “The Ingraham Angle” that by firing Comey, the president removed an individual from the FBI who had acted in his own interests.

“I’m sad to say after I read the IG report Trump didn’t obstruct justice, Trump freed justice,” he said.

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“Trump freed the Justice Department of a man — a self-righteous crusader — who rejected the results of our constitutional system and democracy that was, President Trump won the 2016 election.”

In addition, Yoo dismissed commentary from CNN legal analyst Elie Honig, who warned the IG report did not “vindicate” the president from any claims of obstruction of justice relating to the probe into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Honig, a former director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, said nothing in the report was “any sort of vindication for Donald Trump.”

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“It doesn’t change anything about what Comey was writing about in those memos, which was Donald Trump demanding loyalty of him and Donald Trump trying to get him to shut down the Flynn investigation,” Honig said. “Those are still, I believe, obstructive acts.”

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On “The Ingraham Angle,” Yoo said Comey acted outside Justice Department and FBI regulations in regard to the memos, which catalogued some of his interactions with Trump.

“He decided the normal basic rules of the Department of Justice didn’t apply to him in his crusade to stop President Trump, and that basic rule is, ‘We don’t, as Justice Department prosecutors or FBI agents, willingly and freely share the results of confidential investigations with the New York Times or the press to attack people we don’t like,'” Yoo said.

“This is a guy who should never have been FBI director.”

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Trey Gowdy: ‘I’m certainly not going to apologize’ to Comey

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Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. reacted Friday to a tweet from ex-FBI Director James Comey which said apologies from people who “defamed” him “would be nice.”

Gowdy, a former chair of the House Oversight Committee, told Jason Chaffetz Friday on “Hannity” he will not apologize, but instead offered advice to the former top law enforcement official.

“I never said Comey would or should go to jail. I’m certainly not going to apologize to anyone who violated FBI and Department of Justice policy, who violated an employment agreement, who shared sensitive information about an ongoing investigation, who sent classified information to an unauthorized person and then had amnesia when the FBI came to his home to try to retrieve government property,” the former lawmaker said.

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“I will give him a piece of unsolicited advice,” he continued. “You should aspire to more in life than simply skating by without having been indicted.”

Gowdy called Comey a “two-time offender,” noting Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz — an Obama appointee — “also dinged him for his handling of the Clinton email investigation.”

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“If that is your goal in life to just not meet every essential element of a criminal offense and you think you should be congratulated and apologized to simply because you were not indicted, you better give back some of those ‘Higher Loyalty’ speaking fees,” he added — referencing Comey’s recent book title.

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In response, Chaffetz asked Gowdy to confirm whether or not he would apologize to Comey for being critical of him.

“What temperature is it in Hell right now? Is it snowing?” the Fox News contributor responded.

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