Trump and Barr get an embarrassing slapdown as grand jury reportedly will not indict Andrew McCabe

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On any Sharpie-scrawled enemy list adorning Donald Trump’s desk, Andrew McCabe’s name is almost certainly at the top. The former deputy director of the FBI has been the target of no fewer than 49 Trump tweets, as well as the subject of many helicopter-side rants. After all that, Trump paused on Thursday to savor what appeared to be a bad day for his “enemy” with a tweet repeating the claim that charges had been filed against McCabe.

But a letter from McCabe’s attorneys to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., that came out later that same day suggests that this particular attempt at using the legal system to persecute a perceived political opponent ran into a hugely embarrassing obstacle: When the DOJ took the case in front of a grand jury, it could not secure an indictment.

Getting a grand Jury to provide an indictment is famously easy. As in, “would indict a ham sandwich” easy. If the letter is accurate in saying that a grand jury returned “no true bill” when confronted with the evidence against McCabe, that’s not just an unusual result; that’s a crushing embarrassment for Barr’s Justice Department and its first attempt at turning “Lock (insert name here) up” from a rally chant to reality.

Back in May, The Washington Post looked at the case that Trump’s team was mounting against McCabe. The charge was that McCabe lied to investigators to mislead them about the release of information related to the probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails. McCabe has repeatedly insisted that he didn’t mislead anyone, but the inspector general—the same IG who recently issued a report shaking a finger at James Comey—concluded that McCabe had broken department rules sufficiently to justify his expulsion from the FBI just hours ahead of the time where he could have retired with a pension.

At that time, McCabe’s attorney made a particularly telling statement about any attempt to indict McCabe: “[We are] confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office would conclude that it should decline to prosecute.” Prescient. Very prescient.

Apparently it did not decline. And there’s every reason to think the U.S. Attorney’s Office moved entirely based on a pile of “inappropriate pressure” applied by Barr, or Trump, or both. And now it seems like they’ve collected a legal rebuke across the nose.

In just the last two months, Trump has referred to McCabe as a “dirty cop,” a “disgrace,” and “a major sleazebag.” But it certainly looks as if Trump is not going to be able to add “indicted” to that list.

It also appears that the DOJ may be caught by the same rule book that kept Robert Mueller from indicting Donald Trump. The letter sent by McCabe’s attorneys reads, “We believe that if the grand jury has indeed voted a no true bill, the Justice Manual compels you to not resubmit the case to the same or a different grand jury.”


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Yes. There are folks who have not had their souls stolen. Thank you.

Mary
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Now, McCabe needs to win a HUGE lawsuit, well 2, 1 against the country for firing him inappropriately, then another against Donald Trump personally for misusing the government as a personal weapon. We add one more to make sure that Barr dies a poor man (just to let future toadies know that following in Barr’s footprints is dangerous.)

Scott Auden
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Scott Auden

Well I’ll be damned. Men and women of integrity doing their duties honestly and forthrightly. Well done my fellow Americans!

IL 12th voter
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IL 12th voter

I hope McCabe turns the tables on these scum buckets.

Elli
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Elli

McCabe has a good chance of winning his suit. Which he should to give it to these rotten scumbags Barr and Trump

Dick Panico
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Dick Panico
These people are immune to embarrassment. They want to use the government for their revenge against anyone that goes against them , Their is one good thing that will come out if this and that is a clearer understanding of what McCabe has on Trump , and , The (dirty low )Barr’s exposed himself as one of Trump’s” Phony Cronies “. And has lost any credibility he may have had prior to his elevation to Trump’s “personal attorney “. To use and abuse the constitution to achieve , Trumps personal financial and political ends . Weather it’s legal ( generally… Read more »
chris whitley
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chris whitley

Well, I see that the trump dictatorship gets a slap in the face. Well maybe there really is a God after all!

John Miller
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John Miller
This is awkward…when I heard Trump describing someone as “dirty” and being a “disgrace” and a “major sleazebag”, I just assumed he had finally started to engage in introspection and was talking about himself. I was in the bathroom (we’ll say no more) when I heard this being reported by some television news reporter, and I couldn’t stop myself from shouting out the many other descriptive terms Trump should include if he wanted to truly come to terms with his sick, twisted persona: pompous, clownish, perverted, fascist, reality-averse, duplicitous, prevaricating, ignorant, amoral, narcissistic, vulgar, classless, treasonous, cowardly, disgusting, hate-mongering, racist,… Read more »