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McCabe: 'I was fired because I opened a case against the president'

McCabe: 'I was fired because I opened a case against the president'


Updated 02/17/2019 09:25 PM EST

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said he was ousted from the bureau in March 2018 because he opened two investigations into President Donald Trump 10 months earlier.

“I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the president of the United States,” McCabe told host Scott Pelley during an interview on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed McCabe — a little more than a day before he was set to formally retire — at, Sessions said, the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which cited findings from a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

The department watchdog concluded that McCabe inappropriately authorized the disclosure of information to a Wall Street Journal reporter about an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation, and lied about the leak to officials at DOJ.

Trump tweeted at the time that McCabe’s firing marked “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy.”

Reflecting on that pronouncement during his “60 Minutes” appearance, McCabe said: “The idea that this president would know what a great day for the FBI or a great day for democracy was is preposterous.”......

Trump says U.S. has the world's "hottest" economy -- he's way off

Lots of good graphs in this article.

Trump says U.S. has the world's "hottest" economy -- he's way off


By Irina Ivanova

Updated on: February 11, 2019 / 5:33 PM / MoneyWatch

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump made a big claim about recent economic growth, extolling the U.S. for having "far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world."

True, America's economy is strong. But not only is it not the world's hottest -- China, India and a host of other developing nations are growing faster -- it's already significantly cooler than it was just six months ago.

That doesn't mean the country is about to plunge into recession. Most private economists and the Federal Reserve expect the economy to grow at a rate above 2 percent this year. But increasingly, signs are telling workers and investors they shouldn't wait for the expansion to move any faster. Here are the indicators that it has already slowed down.

Unemployment is off record lows..............

McCabe worried PresTrump was a potential national security threat. America should listen to him.....

Opinion | Frank Figliuzzi: Andrew McCabe worried President Trump was a potential national security threat. America should listen to his warning. https://nbcnews.to/2SLLZu0 - @NBCNewsTHINK


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Andrew McCabe worried Trump was a potential national security threat. America should listen to his warning.


FBI agents are trained to identify and mitigate threats. McCabe's new book suggests he had identified just such a potential threat — in the Oval Office.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Testifies To House Committee On FBI's Budget
Knowing what I know about FBI agents, and knowing what I know about Andrew McCabe, I believe his book was probably painful to write.Pete Marovich / Getty Images file

Feb. 18, 2019, 2:14 PM CST / Updated Feb. 18, 2019, 2:38 PM CST
By Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence and NBC News/MSNBC analyst

Andrew McCabe served as the acting director of the FBI in the three-month aftermath of President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Excerpts from his book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” set for release on February 19, provide disturbing new insights into how and why we find ourselves in a full-blown special counsel investigation of our president, his inner circle and their contacts with Russian representatives. Spoiler alert: The book’s title — which compresses the words “threat,” “terror” and “Trump” into one breath — is a clue.

McCabe served America as an FBI special agent for over 20 years, working his way along an arduous career path from organized crime in New York to counterterrorism and high-value detainee interrogations to his eventual appointments as deputy director and then acting director. Among other high-profile cases he worked on, McCabe helped secure the arrest of Ahmed Abu Khattala for suspected involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attack.

Many FBI agents have written books filled with war stories or tales espousing the rewards of public service. Yet, few FBI leaders have felt that they had to write a book.

In the interest of full disclosure, I know Andrew McCabe. I served alongside McCabe for a short period at FBI headquarters; he led the counterterrorism division and I headed up counterintelligence. We were colleagues but not friends, in large part because the crushing work hours typically left little time for socializing. But we both sat through countless early morning briefings of then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. During these times I observed McCabe to be quiet, calm, smart and dedicated.

Many FBI agents have written books filled with war stories or tales espousing the rewards of public service. Yet, few FBI leaders have felt that they had to write a book. McCabe is writing a book for the same reasons that James Comey seems to have written a book; because he feels he must tell his side of the story and counter the withering barrage of taunting he and his family has endured from our bully of a president. "Yet now the rule of law is under attack, including from the President himself,” he writes..............................

Presidential scholars rank the presidents: #Trump ranks 42nd,....in the BOTTOM 5!!

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Presidential scholars rank the presidents: George Washington most highly rated, FDR second; Donald Trump ranks 42nd, joining Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Warren Harding, Franklin Pierce in bottom five (Siena College Research Inst.) #PresidentsDay https://opiniontoday.com/2019/02/13/siena-presidential-expert-poll-washington-top-president-fdr-second-trump-enters-survey-at-42nd/


Siena Presidential Expert Poll: Washington top president, FDR second; Trump enters survey at 42nd
February 13, 2019

For the sixth time since its inception in 1982, the Siena College Research Institute’s (SCRI) Survey of U.S. Presidents finds that experts rank Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington as the United States’ top five chief executives. The 157 participating presidential scholars for the first time name Washington as number one with FDR second, Lincoln third, Teddy Roosevelt fourth and Jefferson fifth. Donald Trump enters the survey as the 42nd rated president, and he joins Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Warren Harding and Franklin Pierce in the bottom five. CONT.

Siena College Research Institute

John Kasich Rips Trump For 'End Runs Around Congress'


02/18/2019 10:04 am ET

The former Ohio governor lambasted Trump’s move as a political power play.

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich unloaded on President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, calling it a political play to subvert Congress’ authority.

During a CNN appearance Monday, the Republican bashed the president’s move, stressing that while he, too, believes drugs are a serious issue, Trump’s action was totally unwarranted.

“I think this is a political declaration and, frankly, you don’t do end runs around Congress,” Kasich said, noting that the original purpose of such a decision was to bypass time-consuming formalities “if we really have a problem here that is something that everybody agrees upon.”

“The Congress has already decided what they want to do on the border, and for him to say, ‘Well, I just don’t like what they did,’ that just flaunts in the face of that national declaration,” he said......................

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/john-kasich-trump-emergency_n_5c6abd23e4b01757c36df89e

There are some sane Republicans--on a few issues.


GOP Rep Warns Trump’s Emergency ‘Sets A Dangerous Precedent’ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/john-kasich-trump-emergency_n_5c6abd23e4b01757c36df89e?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004 via @HuffPostPol

New research has shown that psychopathic traits tend to be stronger in Republicans than Democrats.

Study: Psychopathic Traits Are Higher In People Who Identify As Republicans


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New research has shown that psychopathic traits tend to be stronger in Republicans than Democrats.

The results of a new study examining potential links between psychopathic traits and political affiliation builds on previous research showing that people with conservative political views have slightly more psychopathic traits than their more liberal counterparts.

Via PsyPost:

“Psychopathic traits with their associated empathy deficits appear relevant to the discussion of political attitudes and political candidates,” wrote the authors of the study, which was published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.

For their study, the researchers surveyed 304 American adults using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. The participants completed measures of psychopathy, empathy, political beliefs, and political affiliation.

The study was based on the triarchic conceptualization of psychopathy, which breaks psychopathy down into three facets: boldness, meanness, and disinhibition.

Psychopathic boldness and meanness tended to be higher in Republicans than Democrats, according to the researchers’ findings, though disinhibition did not appear linked to political views...........................

LIVE at the White House demanding Congress stop the #FakeTrumpEmergency & protect immigrants & peopl

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LIVE at the White House demanding Congress stop the #FakeTrumpEmergency & protect immigrants & people seeking asylum.


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"A temper tantrum isn't a national emergency." - This kid's sign, 💯. h/t @ActsOConscience #Philly


Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum

Trump policies unite allies against him at European security forum


17 Feb 2019 at 14:14 ET

In 2009, then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden came to Munich to “press the reset button” with Russia. A decade later he came again to offer the world better relations, this time with his own country.

Promising that “America will be back” once Donald Trump leaves office, Biden won a standing ovation at the Munich Security Conference from delegates who find the president’s brusque foreign policy stance hard to like.

But their elation also exposed the weakened state of Western diplomacy in the face of Trump’s assertiveness, according to European diplomats and politicians who were present.

Biden’s successor, Mike Pence, was met with silence at a reception in the palatial Bavarian parliament on Friday evening after he delivered his signature line: “I bring you greetings from the 45th president of the United States, President Donald Trump.”

His four-day trip to Europe succeeded only in deepening divisions with traditional allies over questions such as Iran and Venezuela and offered little hope in how to deal with threats ranging from nuclear arms to climate change, diplomats and officials said.

Misgivings about Washington’s role in the world are being felt by ordinary people as well as foreign policy specialists. In Germany and France, half the population see U.S. power as a threat,
up sharply from 2013 and a view shared by 37 percent of Britons, the Washington-based Pew Research Center said in a report before the Munich foreign policy gathering.

Asked about European anxiety over Trump’s leadership style, a senior U.S. official on Pence’s Air Force Two plane said the vice president’s Munich conference speech on Saturday at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof would “help give them a different perspective”.


But if the Europeans did not like the “America First” message, there was no concerted response to it. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was on her own after a last-minute cancellation by French President Emmanuel Macron.

That caused some to lament the failure of the West to uphold the rules-based international order that Washington itself championed in the 70 years that preceded the arrival of Trump in the White House...

Looks like the only one buying it is the Don-In-Law

Looks like the only one buying it is the Don-In-Law


Nunes is gone, so they're going to try to delegitimize the committee instead.



2/17/19 10:12am

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did his best to undermine the new Democratic House Intelligence Chairman during an appearance on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.

The right is constantly looking for an excuse to undermine the entire Russia investigation, pretending that the entire thing was based solely on the Steele dossier when it wasn't, and doing their best to undermine the dossier, even though core aspects of the dossier have indeed been verified.

They're also apparently still smarting from demands that former House Intel Committee chair Devin Nunes recuse himself, despite the fact that his recusal was pretty much a joke, which he never had any intention of honoring. The right was already demanding that current chair Adam Schiff recuse himself from any investigation of Russian collusion way back in 2017, simply because the ranking member was a supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Following an op-ed from one of The Hill's right-wing contributors, John Solomon, attacking Schiff for a brief meeting with Fusion GPS' Glenn Simpson during a security conference in Aspen last July, the wingnut outrage machine is out in full force, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy using the meeting to again demand that Schiff recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

Shortly after the op-ed was published, Trump followed suit and went after Schiff on Twitter:......................
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