…is building in Washington. Here’s hoping it doesn’t ‘signify nothing.’ It would be nice if accountability is about to make a comeback:
The House Intelligence Committee on Monday evening voted to make public a GOP-crafted memo alleging what some Republicans say are “shocking” surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
That memo was reviewed Sunday by FBI Director Christopher Wray. Interestingly, on Monday Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe suddenly sped up plans to retire:
Andrew G. McCabe abruptly stepped down on Monday as the F.B.I.’s deputy director after months of withering criticism from President Trump, telling friends he felt pressure from the head of the bureau to leave, according to two people close to Mr. McCabe.
In a recent conversation, Christopher A. Wray, the F.B.I. director, raised concerns about a forthcoming inspector general report. In that discussion, according to one former law enforcement official close to Mr. McCabe, Mr. Wray suggested moving Mr. McCabe into another job, which would have been a demotion. Instead, the former official said, Mr. McCabe chose to leave.
Note: the inspector general report and the Congressional committee memo are two separate products. The latest news would seem to indicate both contain seriously damning information about abuses at the FBI. It’s much to be hoped for that the authors of both documents took the time (as appears to be the case) to lay out meticulously their findings. McCabe is a player in the Hillary email (non)investigation, the beginnings of investigation into the Trump campaign, and likely referred to (as “Andy”) in the now infamous Strzok-Page flurry of texts showing hyper-partisanship at the Bureau. Representative Trey Goudy rightly says that Strzok and Page should be called to testify about their missives, their actions, and whether they worked with others in the FBI and DOJ to protect one presidential candidate while illegally surveilling the other.
Having voted to make the Congressional memo public, Congress should now authorize release of the inspector general report as well. The public deserves to know the full extent to which national law enforcement has been compromised.
It also deserves a thorough house-cleaning in Washington. We already know the IRS was politically weaponized under the previous administration. May this FBI investigation be just the beginning of a multi-agency cascade of accountability.