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Jeff Sessions fires McCabe 24 hours before retirement
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:37:15 pm »

FILE: Andrew McCabe, then-acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attends a press conference at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington D.C., on July 20, 2017.© Xinhua/Ting Shen via Getty Images FILE: Andrew McCabe, then-acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, attends a press conference at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington D.C., on July 20, 2017. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire.

Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department Inspector General and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

He said based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

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The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge. McCabe has been fighting vigorously to keep his job, and on Thursday, he spent nearly four hours inside the Justice Department pleading his case.

McCabe has become a lightning rod in the political battles over the FBI’s most high-profile cases, including the Russia investigation and the probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices. He has been a frequent target of criticism from President Trump.

His firing — which was recommended by the FBI office that handles discipline — stems from a Justice Department inspector general investigation that found McCabe authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to the media about a Clinton-related case, then misled investigators about his actions in the matter, people familiar with the matter have said. He stepped down earlier this year from the No. 2 job in the bureau after FBI Director Christopher A. Wray was briefed on the inspector general’s findings, though he technically was still an employee.

McCabe disputes that he misled anyone.

Some in the bureau might view McCabe’s termination so close to retirement as an unnecessarily harsh and politically influenced punishment for a man who spent more than 20 years at the FBI. The White House had seemed to support such an outcome, though a spokeswoman said the decision was up to Sessions.

“We do think that it is well documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and by most accounts a bad actor,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.

Trump and McCabe’s relationship has long been fraught. The president has previously suggested that McCabe was biased in favor of Clinton, his political opponent, pointing out that McCabe’s wife, who ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Virginia legislature, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the political action committee of Terry McAuliffe, then the state’s governor and a noted Clinton ally. During an Oval office meeting in May, Trump is said to have asked McCabe whom he voted for in the presidential election and vented about the donations.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz put McCabe in his crosshairs during a broad look at alleged improprieties in the handling of the Clinton email case. In the course of that review, Horowitz found that McCabe had authorized two FBI officials to talk to then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett for a story about the case and another investigation into Clinton’s family foundation. Barrett now works for The Washington Post.

Background conversations with reporters are commonplace in Washington, though McCabe’s authorizing such a talk was viewed as inappropriate because the matter being discussed was an ongoing criminal investigation. The story ultimately presented McCabe as a somewhat complicated figure — one who some FBI officials thought was standing in the way of the Clinton Foundation investigation, but who also seemed to be pushing back against Justice Department officials who did not believe there was a case to be made.

McCabe, who turns 50 on Sunday and would have then been eligible for his full retirement benefits, had quickly ascended through senior roles to the No. 2 leadership post. He briefly served in an interim capacity as the FBI director, in the months between when Trump fired James B. Comey from the post and Wray was confirmed by the Senate.
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Re: Jeff Sessions fires McCabe 24 hours before retirement
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2018, 01:48:46 pm »

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Re: Jeff Sessions fires McCabe 24 hours before retirement
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2018, 04:02:26 am »
Remember what I wrote about S & M style politics?

puppetine CIA Nominee, Gina Haspel, Faces Tough Road To Senate Confirmation
by Philip Ewing

Tuesday March 13, 2018

emperor puppetine's nominee to take over the CIA faces a rocky confirmation hearing in the Senate and a narrow political path to secure the job.

Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel is a career intelligence officer widely respected within the agency but tied up inextricably with one of the ugliest chapters in its history.

She ran a secret prison in Thailand where a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was waterboarded 83 times — and then was involved with ordering evidence about that waterboarding to be destroyed.

The CIA's network of clandestine prisons and use of brutal interrogation techniques, which critics also call torture, has been a political ulcer for the intelligence community since the administration of President George W. Bush.

Haspel's role in it meant that when puppetine nominated her for the No. 2 job last year, critics within and outside of Congress called for her to be blocked even though she did not require Senate confirmation.

To become full director, however, she will. Haspel is up for the top job because puppetine fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and announced he planned to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take his place.

So Haspel would need to go through what could be a bruising confirmation hearing that reopens the vault on secret prisons, torture, alleged cover-ups and accountability.

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emperor puppetine’s pick to lead CIA to face questions about torture
by Deb Riechmann

Wednesday March 14 2018

WASHINGTON — emperor puppetine’s pick to be the next director of the CIA is a career spymaster who oversaw torture at a secret prison during one of the darkest chapters in the agency’s history.

If confirmed, 61-year-old Gina Haspel would become the first woman to lead the CIA.

Colleagues describe her as a seasoned veteran with 30-plus years of intelligence experience who would run the agency with integrity. But it’s the few years she spent supervising a secret CIA prison that will be scrutinized at her Senate confirmation hearing.

puppetine announced on Tuesday that he had chosen Haspel to succeed Mike Pompeo, who is the president’s pick to replace ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Re: Jeff Sessions fires McCabe 24 hours before retirement
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2018, 10:52:47 am »

This is a 'bump' post to bring attention to this week's continued events in Washington DC.

Congress should be outraged as well as members from all political parties that gina haspel was even considered for CIA Director let alone a "No" comfirmation vote.

Everyone and their mother should be outraged!

Secret prisons, torture, alleged cover-ups is a by-product of America's slave era and from what I understand slavery was abolished way back in February 1865.

There are men & women in State Prisons in the United States currently serving a life sentence without parole for committing the very same crimes that Gina Haspel is known for in her 'illustrious' career as a intelligence officer within the agency.

Why is Gina Haspel allowed to commit atrocities and crimes and other Americans are not?

This woman should NOT be confirmed as CIA Director!!!