The FBI is on a roll in the war against leakers. Remember, Barack Obama was much tougher on leakers than Trump ever was so if the media howls over this one just know it is garbage.
The fact is leakers often do good for the public while destroying private lives of those they leak on. As Trump said yesterday, DC is a vicious, vicious town.
Look, we still don’t know what is going on with the Russian story but we do know guys like Andy McCabe are leaking all over town (he was source for recent Rosenstein stories) to try to cover their tracks and this stunning report by Fox News helps explain why.
As reported by Fox News:
The FBI initiated an investigation into since-fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in March 2017 concerning an alleged, previously unreported media leak about President Trump and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, newly released documents publicly posted by the FBI show.
McCabe was fired in March just before his planned retirement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, following a review by the DOJ’s internal watchdog that found McCabe “repeatedly” lied to investigators about his knowledge of leaks to the Wall Street Journal regarding the agency’s probe into the Clinton Foundation. In reality, McCabe had authorized a series of leaks, according to the DOJ’s Inspector General, and he reportedly is under a grand jury investigation to determine if any criminal wrongdoing took place.
Monday’s document release by the FBI suggested McCabe may have been involved in an additional leak that was not previously disclosed. In mid-February 2017, the bureau’s Office of Public Affairs “was electronically contacted” by a source “regarding a media leak involving a statement overheard in early February 2017, allegedly made by FBI EM [employees].
“Specifically, the alleged comments were made by DD [Deputy Director] A.G. McCabe and pertained to General Michael T. Flynn and the POTUS [President of the United States],” according to one document. The source’s name was redacted in the public document release.
McCabe’s alleged leak occurred the same month that Flynn resigned from the White House, amid a flurry of media attention
A month later, on March 20, 2017, a “full investigation” into McCabe’s possible leak was authorized, according to the documents. It was not clear how the investigation progressed or concluded based on the documents provided by the FBI on Monday, and the FBI did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
McCabe oversaw the investigation into Flynn, who admitted falsely telling FBI agents that he had didn’t encourage then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 to “refrain from escalating the situation” in the wake of sanctions imposed against Russia by then-President Obama.
McCabe testified that the two agents who interviewed Flynn “didn’t think he was lying,” and former FBI Director James Comey testified that “the agents … discerned no physical indications of deception. They didn’t see any change in posture, in tone, in inflection, in eye contact. They saw nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them.”
However, when FBI officials confronted White House attorneys with transcripts of Flynn’s calls that contradicted his statements to authorities, Trump fired him less than a month into his tenure, saying he also had misled the White House.
Flynn pleaded guilty in December to one count of making false statements to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak during the presidential transition as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. His sentencing is expected later this year.