Happening Status: It’s (Been)
Over the weekend, the airwaves buzzed over the news of Andrew McCabe’s firing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the behest of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Some of the commentary has been good, but by far most has been downright moronic. Only a handful are beginning to see the forest for the trees.
Sundance at theconservativetreehouse.com is one such person. In his analysis, the special prosecutor called for by house Republicans on conspiracy and corruption within the FBI had been hired a year in advance of public disclosure, and McCabe's written response bolsters this theory.
This recent puzzle piece has been supplied by Michael Bromwich, McCabe's Lawyer, in his whinging public statement that he was “given limited access to a draft of the OIG [Office of the Inspector General] report late last month.” This dovetails nicely with the fact the OPR is not obligated to provide counsel “access to certain confidential criminal investigative information and may not be permitted access to grand jury information.”
Earlier on the same day McCabe was fired, National Security Correspondent Sara Carter dropped her bombshell story regarding previously redacted texts between disgraced FBI Agent Peter Strzok and DOJ Attorney Lisa Page that revealed a cozy relationship between the FBI lawman and US District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, the same judge who presided over General Flynn’s guilty plea.
Though it is unclear why Judge Contreras was subsequently removed from the Flynn case, the fact the same judge also served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which signed off on using national security assets to spy on political enemies, has given rise to not a little unwarranted speculation that the two (the FISC ruling and Flynn’s indictment) might be related.
While that may or may not be true, the article ends with a nugget hinting at something altogether more explosive. At the very end, Carter quotes House Oversight Committee Member Mark Meadows’ (R) take on why the DOJ has been so stingy when complying with the committee’s requests:
“The only thing we would not have access to is grand jury material and some classified documents,” said Meadows. “There is no reason why we cannot get the same documents the Inspector General has.”
What is this?
An outsider investigator?
It is increasingly apparent with every revelation related to the Obama DOJ-FBI-IC scandal that much more is happening behind the scenes than a simple act of oversight by the Office of the Inspector General.
Conservatives have been calling for criminal investigations and trials for well over two years now. It may well be the case someone in Washington has heard and responded to those calls from the start.