Former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe on Tuesday told The View that fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions was so “obsessed” with immigration and race that it became difficult to get him to read his intelligence briefings.
McCabe’s description came in the middle of a larger discussion of his memoir, The Threat, about his tenure at the FBI, during which host Sunny Hostin asked him to go into detail about his “unflattering picture” of Sessions.
“Was he an appropriate person to lead the Department of Justice?” Hostin asked, ticking off Sessions’ desire for more death sentences, his belief that the FBI “was better off” when it only hired the Irish (who he believed to be alcoholics), his racism, and his inability to distinguish intelligence briefings from the daily news.
“The conversations I had with Attorney General Sessions were unlike anything I had seen from any other attorney general,” McCabe said. He added that Sessions’ racism made it “a challenge to make sure the attorney general was getting the benefit of the intelligence we were presenting him.”
He added that Sessions had an “obsessive focus on immigration” that “wasn’t relevant” to the threats the U.S. faces.
“It’s not the primary focus of the day-to-day work of trying to keep the country safe when you are an intelligence officer, a law enforcement officer,” he said. “Counting the numbers of cases that we have that we’re investigating of people who were immigrants or who came from other countries is just not something we were focused on.”
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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam
The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.
The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.
Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why
The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.
The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.
Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”
Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses
Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.
Warren's tweeted statement came hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's opposition to a Ukrainian prosecutor in 2016.