In their bloodlust, Democrats have abandoned all logic with regard to the Russia investigation.
The termination of FBI Director James Comey threw hot water on an investigation that had gone cold; Democrats like California Congressman Adam Schiff said last month they were close to revealing the smoking gun, then radio silence.
Now Interim FBI Director Andrew McCabe gives testimony that’s inconvenient to the Democratic witch hunt.
McCabe, who has been part of the investigation every step of the way, confirms there has been no interference by the White House to impede the investigation.
From the Washington Post:
Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe vowed Thursday that he would tell the Senate Intelligence Committee if the White House tried to interfere with the bureau’s probe of possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election — though he asserted that there had “been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”
McCabe made the assertions at a public hearing with top U.S. intelligence officials before the Senate Intelligence Committee — a hearing that has taken on new significance since Trump suddenly removed James B. Comey from the FBI’s top post.
McCabe appeared in place of Comey, and Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), the committee vice chair, asked him at the outset if he would commit to informing the committee if the White House tried to meddle in the Russia investigation.
“I absolutely do,” McCabe responded.
Later, though, McCabe said the bureau’s probe had not — and would not — be deterred.
“Simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution,” he said in response to a question from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
McCabe’s testimony comes as Justice Department officials are considering candidates to possibly replace him. They interviewed four people Wednesday and are expected to make a decision soon.
McCabe, who had been the No. 2 man in the bureau before his boss’s ouster, was joined by virtually every other top official whose job it is to detect and prevent Russian spy operations. The others on the witness list are CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Vincent Stewart.
He also will probably be asked to resolve a dispute over whether Comey asked Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein for more resources for the Russia investigation last week. Democrats have said Comey informed lawmakers of such a request, but the Justice Department has denied that one was made.
As the deputy director of the FBI, McCabe would have been intimately involved in the Russia investigation even before Comey’s firing. He was notably at the center of a February incident in which the White House reportedly enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories about Trump associates’ ties to Russia.
McCabe was also at the center of a controversy in the Clinton email investigation — the case that administration officials have pointed to as Trump’s basis for firing Comey. The Justice Department inspector general is investigating whether McCabe should have been recused from the case because his wife ran for a Virginia Senate seat and took money from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a Clinton ally.
The FBI asserted at the time that McCabe had checked with ethics officials and followed agency protocols. He also was not yet deputy director when his wife was first recruited to run.
The transparency of the investigation has been clear. The notion that firing Comey would unravel a year-old investigation spanning across multiple government bodies is asinine.