Andrew McCabe started his career with the FBI in 1996, serving on a SWAT team working out of the New York field office. Over the next 20 years, McCabe moved up within the FBI until early 2016, when then FBI Director James Comey appointed McCabe to serve as his Deputy Director of the FBI.
Meanwhile on the home front, McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe ran for a seat in the Virginia state Senate in 2015. According Judicial Watch:
“The news that Clinton used a private email server broke March 2, 2015. Five days later, former Clinton Foundation board member and Democrat party fundraiser, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe met with the McCabes to recruit her for a run for the state Senate. She announced her candidacy on March 12. Soon afterward, McAuliffe-aligned political groups donated nearly $700,000 (40% of the campaign’s total funds) to McCabe’s wife for her campaign. Around that time, Gov. McAuliffe would also come under criminal investigation by the FBI.”
“An April 29, 2015, document titled ‘Protocol regarding Potential Conflicts of Interest’ sent from the Washington Field Office to various FBI officials – and self-approved by McCabe – indicates that he was ‘consulting with individuals within the Washington Field Office and [FBI headquarters]’ prior to the announcement of his wife’s political campaign:”
“In March 2015, Dr. Jill McCabe announced her candidacy for Virginia State Senate. Dr. McCabe is the wife of Washington Field Office ADIC Andrew McCabe. Prior to Dr. McCabe’s official announcement, the [assistant director] consulted with individuals within [Washington Field Office] and [FBI headquarters] to identify limitations on his participation in her campaign and to identify areas where Dr. McCabe’s campaign may present potential conflicts of interest for the ADIC in WFO investigations and operations. [Emphasis added]”
“While this same document advises against McCabe’s involvement in ‘all public corruption investigations’ concerning the state of Virginia during the campaign, no restrictions are advised in his involvement in Virginia cases following the campaign or his involvement with the Clinton email investigation. Also, it advises with respect to other conflicts of interest the Washington Field Office ‘will assess all other matters on a case-by-case basis,’ and provide a ‘protocol’ for their examination, which would be reviewed by a subordinate of McCabe’s, the Chief Division Counsel.”
Some liberal reports since then try to refute the allegations made by Judicial Watch, which is what we expect from the liberal left?
Andrew McCabe was reported to have an important role in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s possible illegal use of a private unsecured email server for official State Department business. Some allege that McCabe was influential in Comey’s announcement that Clinton had done nothing wrong.
Many conservatives alleged that McCabe should be investigated for his apparent conflict of interest and any other questionable actions he made. That time has come, according to Fox News:
“Federal prosecutors have impaneled a grand jury to investigate former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe following the Department of Justice inspector general’s report alleging that McCabe approved a media disclosure to advance his personal interests.”
“The Washington Post reported that the grand jury has summoned more than one witness and the case is still underway. It remains unclear who were summoned to testify.”
“The existence of the panel indicates that the authorities are treating McCabe’s actions during his time at the FBI seriously and may even press charges if sufficient evidence is found. The grand jury is often used as an investigative tool to gather evidence, though it may not necessarily lead to charges.”
McCabe’s attorney, Michael Bromwich says he does not think his client will be prosecuted and that the leak of the grand jury investigation of McCabe is only a distraction for the disastrous week of President Donald Trump.
One conservative I know described McCabe as being slimy like a snake. I corrected him as I’ve handled hundreds of snakes and they are not slimy. However, eels are slimy and rather disgusting and as such may be a more appropriate description, if the accusations are proven correct.
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