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January 30, 2018

DeepStateGate Update

A few quick bits and links:

As the sidebar notes, Sara A. Carter reported on Hannity that the tidbit that Christopher Wray found so "concerning" was the claim that Andrew McCabe asked FBI agents to alter their form 302 witness interview reports. As I mentioned over there, as the FBI does not record conversations, the form 302's are the one and only official "documentation" of an interview. If McCabe asked agents to alter their own best-recollection accounts of these interviews, then he was effectively asking them to falsify evidence in potential criminal cases.

Carter says that the FBI is examining this charge. If it is found to be true, McCabe will be fired -- and that, I take it, means that his "terminal leave" will be cancelled and he will not get his full pension. (Not getting his full pension is no huge thing financially, as it's pro rated, Commenter tells me, so he'd get like 99.8%, but a true firing will demolish his reputation and may even carry further penalties.)

Sara Carter also casts doubt on any of these "voluntarily stepped down" claims that the media has "reported" (probably using McCabe himself as an objective source). She reports he was "forced to resign," and that he "lashed out at his colleagues" when he was told, Outten Sie.

Mollie Hemingway noted the long list of McCabe's and Mueller's Top Men who've been demoted or reassigned or fired in this sham investigation, and notes that the media, for reasons i'm sure none of us can even speculate about, seems to be willfully avoiding covering a major story.

Byron York reports that the Schiff counter-memo the media is so breathless about is mostly just a long personal attack on Republican Intel Committee head Devin Nunes.

However, it's also larded up with classified information -- which I think Democrats did on purpose, so that when Republicans properly redact it, they can claim "Oh, see, they're keeping all this important information from the American people!"

Which the media will of course dutifully buy into, because the media is Partisan, and the media is Dumb.

I forget the cite, but someone, maybe Chuck Ross, reports that the FISA Abuse memo must be held for five days, even if Trump approves its release on day one, so don't expect to see it before Friday at the earliest and more likely next Monday.

One more bit I don't have a link handy for (I have too many tabs open and can't find any of the articles I opened): Someone's reporting, or maybe just speculating, that McCabe is just the first to be force-out, and that this force-out is just a general prelude to a more extensive house-cleaning of McCabe's "cronies" at the FBI.

When I find that link, I'll add it. If you know the links for those last two, please help a blogga out and link them in the comments.

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