Amid speculation that he’ll soon be indicted, lawyers for former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe this Thursday demanded that the Justice Department drop their “fatally flawed” investigation. McCabe was fired in March 2018 after the inspector general said he had lied about his involvement in a leak to The Wall Street Journal regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
McCabe’s attorneys, Michael Bromwich and David Schertler, slammed the DOJ’s investigation as a “waste of governmental resources” and complained that the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C. is providing them with “no information” regarding the status of the probe into their client.
“This investigation has been fatally flawed from its inception,” they said in a statement. “It has been irrevocably tainted by the President’s targeting of Mr. McCabe for prosecution. The investigation has now dragged on for more than 18 months with no resolution in sight.”
There was one portion of the letter that caught of the eye of MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Alene. The portion reads as follows:
“On September 11, we were advised by more than a dozen reporters that the grand jury was being convened and that we should expect an indictment of Mr. McCabe that afternoon. Later in the day, we were told by reporters that the grand jury would be reconvening Thursday morning and that Mr. McCabe would be indicted at that time. The reporters could have only obtained this information from personnel at the Department of Justice (DOJ) or the U.S. Attorney’s Office and such leaks are prohibited by rules governing grand jury secrecy.”
According to Alene, the statement from McCabe’s lawyers highlights the government’s hypocrisy.
“The most perplexing part of recent developments is that McCabe’s counsel says DOJ has been selectively & improperly leaking information about expected grand jury activity in a case where McCabe would be charged with … improper leaks,” she tweeted.
The most perplexing part of recent developments is that McCabe’s counsel says DOJ has been selectively & improperly leaking information about expected grand jury activity in a case where McCabe would be charged with … improper leaks. https://t.co/T6Dd0DC76q
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 19, 2019
McCabe has denied any wrongdoing and has accused the inspector general of relying on mischaracterizing his actions. He also accused the inspector general of omitting important information that exonerates him.
Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst
President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.
Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.
Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”
Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.
Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump
Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."
Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.
"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.
"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."
Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report
Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.
"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."