8 Days in May, Part One: McCabe Goes After Trump … as Promised
In the classic thriller Seven Days in May, Cabinet members team up with powerful military leaders in an effort to overthrow a U.S. President who stands in the way of their agenda.
That attempted coup was fiction. However, today we are learning more about the very real Eight Days in May 2017, when powerful government figures sought ways to join with Cabinet members to overthrow the President of the United States.
The Eight Days in May
When President Trump fired James Comey as FBI Director in May of 2017, top officials at the FBI and DOJ practically melted down. They were at wits’ end about how to “deal” with Trump, desperate. Eight days later, Robert Mueller — Comey’s mentor and a former FBI director with his own secrets to protect — was named Special Counsel. And during those eight days, what can only honestly be described as a coup was openly discussed.
Now, disgraced and fired former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, who took over as Acting Director after Comey was fired, is revealing more details of their plans. In his first TV interview since being fired for lying to investigators, McCabe tells 60 Minutes:
- He ordered an obstruction of justice and counter-terrorism investigation into President Trump immediately after Trump fired Director James Comey.
- DOJ officials, including soon-to-be-departing Rod Rosenstein were very seriously trying to determine if they could convince cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump.
Before we dig into what McCabe is saying, a brief stage-setter. Many of the players had an open loathing of Trump, and had worked to save Hillary Clinton and undermine candidate Trump in the 2016 election. These were the people who secretly met in 2016 to discuss an “insurance policy” if Trump won. These are the people who had knowingly used the phony Steele dossier to gain FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign. McCabe himself had been quoted as saying “First we f*** (Michael Flynn), then we f*** Trump.”
These top government officials in the FBI and DOJ had been out to get Trump and the firing of Comey gave them an opening.
Russia Russia Russia
McCabe tells CBS’s Scott Pelly he launched the obstruction of justice and counter-intelligence investigations so the inquiries could be documented. “I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground, in an indelible fashion. That were I removed quickly, or reassigned or fired, that the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace.” (Translation: I knew I was next and I wanted to do what I could to do Trump in.)
Obstruction of Justice? On what grounds? President Trump had every right to fire Comey, no questions asked. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had laid out multiple reasons Comey should be fired. So did Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. And for that matter, the Democrats themselves had wanted Comey fired just months earlier.
A criminal investigation was warranted because Trump was ticked about the Russian investigation? Remember, Comey had told Trump that he was not a target of the investigation. When Trump naturally asked, “Well, can you tell the public that?” Comey asked around the Trump-hating brass, and came back with “no.”
Yet now McCabe wants to claim a concern about obstruction of justice? Launch a criminal investigation into the President of the United States for something that wasn’t a crime for Trump to do? Because Trump fired Comey to slow down a probe that Comey said didn’t involve him? Nonsense. For that matter, McCabe told Congress the firing of Comey hadn’t and wouldn’t slow down the probe one bit.
Counter-Intelligence? McCabe says he was concerned about Trump’s Russia connections after meeting with him:
I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and just won the election for the presidency. And who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage. And that was something that troubled me greatly.
Really. Understand that by the time May 2017 had rolled around, the FBI already knew the Trump Russia business was a canard. Trump-hating counter-intelligence honcho Peter Strzok had already been investigating the alleged Trump-Russia collusion for over seven months. Desperately digging for the dirt. Coming up empty. Strzok grumbled to his mistress Lisa Page that there was “no there there.” Even Comey had admitted no evidence had even been found to corroborate any important allegations against Trump in the Steele dossier.
Yet, despite the greatest investigative body on the planet — and agents with a pathological desire to bring down Trump — finding zero evidence, McCabe launched an additional counter-intelligence investigation into the President.
Tenacious McCabe was going to get Trump one way or another. That $700,000 the Clinton machine had given his wife’s campaign was not going to be poorly spent.
McCabe’s Russian Affliction
McCabe claims he was greatly “troubled” by Trump’s tenuous connections to Russia. That Russia was “our most formidable adversary on the world stage.” Sounds good on CBS. Plays great with the Russian narrative shoved down our throats for two years.
And yet, McCabe’s own history betrays him. Remember Uranium One? Remember the FBI’s criminal investigation into Vladimir Putin’s efforts to bribe and blackmail his way into gaining control of 20% of America’s uranium? That case got buried. And McCabe had the shovel. He was one of the FBI figures who made the “political” decision, in the word of FBI informant William Campbell, to bury the case.
Further, let’s not forget what FBI investigators caught McCabe lying about. He was leaking to the Wall Street Journal to combat allegations by FBI agents that McCabe was responsible for blocking an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Millions were paid to the Foundation by investors and Russians connected to the Uranium One deal.
And yet he wants you to think he was a patriot worried about Russians and Donald Trump?
Sure. He’s a patriot, like Burt Lancaster was a patriot in Seven Days in May.
Eight Days in May, Part Two
In part two we will look at Andrew McCabe’s stunning allegation that DOJ officials seriously considered on multiple occasion trying to push the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump.