A Florida Republican congressman’s prediction earlier this month that “heads will roll” because of information contained in a secret memo was apparently not mere hyperbole.
Rep. Matt Gaetz is the one who made the prediction, and the first head to roll was no less than Andrew McCabe, the deputy director of the FBI.
The secret document Gaetz referred to was the so-called four-page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memo, prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes.
The memo reportedly suggests abuse of surveillance methods used by both the FBI and the Department of Justice based upon a year of testimony and other evidence compiled by the committee.
The deputy director’s eventual departure wasn’t unexpected — he announced in December that he would retire early this year because of criticism from GOP lawmakers.
But the timing came as a something of a shock. McCabe, 49, announced that he would retire in March, when he became fully eligible for pension benefits.
So What Changed?
Until this weekend, no one other than House members had viewed the FISA memo. On Sunday, FBI Director Christopher Wray went to Capitol Hill and examined it. Fox News Congressional correspondent Chad Pergram reported:
One day after the viewing, Wray reportedly pressured McCabe to hand in his walking papers — effective immediately. Officially, he’ll be placed on leave until his pension benefits mature, however.
IG Report at Play?
The New York Times suggested that Wray wanted McCabe out because of concerns over a yet-to-be released inspector general’s report. It’s alleged to be critical of how the FBI handled its probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, non-secure email server to transmit classified information while she served as secretary of state.
The upcoming inspector general’s report may have played a role in Wray’s decision to nudge McCabe out the door, but he hasn’t read that report yet. He did read the FISA memo.
Although specifics of the memo haven’t yet been published, pundits suggest that it may reveal that an unverified, salacious and largely discredited “dossier” commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee was used to obtain a warrant to surveil the Donald Trump campaign offices.
If true, it would place allegations of collusion by Trump campaign with the Kremlin in jeopardy.
To date there have been five federal investigations looking into Russian interference with the 2018 presidential election: the FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators.
We’ll know soon one way or the other. The House Intelligence Committee voted Monday evening along party lines to release the FISA memo.
But whatever the memo says, Rep. Gaetz was correct — heads will roll, and they began with one very important one.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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