McCabe seeks immunity, Giuliani seeks diversion

Former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, sacked two days before he was due to retire, has asked for immunity in order to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

And Rudy Giuliani, supposedly acting as a lawyer for Donald Trump but spending more time on diversionary PR, claims that Trump is being framed. This is playing to public opinion but has no effect on legal implications – and is a risky PR strategy.

Daily Caller:  ANDREW MCCABE SEEKS IMMUNITY FOR SENATE TESTIMONY

“This is a textbook case for granting use immunity,” Michael Bromwich, an attorney for McCabe, wrote Monday in a letter to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the judiciary panel.

“Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection,” Bromwich said. “Accordingly, we hereby request that the Judiciary Committee authorize a grant of use immunity to Mr. McCabe.”

McCabe was fired in March, two days before his retirement, for a “lack of candor” during interviews with the office of the inspector general (OIG) and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility about his role in authorizing FBI contacts with the media about the Clinton probe.

Bromwich decried “a stream of leaks” from the Justice Department about McCabe’s case in his letter to Grassley. He said leaks from the agency revealed the OIG made a criminal referral on McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.

“Even though Mr. McCabe committed no crime, these leaks have forced us to acknowledge the criminal referral,” said Bromwich, who added that he and McCabe “are outraged by these leaks.”

Immunity is warranted because “Mr. McCabe is eager to give such testimony; he has a legitimate fear of criminal prosecution based on the criminal referral that has already been made, the irregularities in the process by which he was terminated, and the improper command influence that continues to be exercised by the President of the United States.”

Bromwich has accused President Donald Trump of improperly targeting McCabe in a series of tweets about political donations that McCabe’s wife received in 2015 from then–Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a longtime Clinton ally.

It’s hard to know what all this means until it plays out.

It’s more obvious what Giuliani is up to. CNBC: Giuliani says Mueller’s team is trying to frame Trump

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is trying to frame President Donald Trump.

Giuliani, who has been serving as Trump’s lawyer amid the Russiascandal, says Wednesday in Israel that Mueller’s team includes “13 highly partisan Democrats … (who) are trying very very hard to frame him to get him in trouble when he hasn’t done anything wrong.”

Speaking to the Globes capital market conference in Tel Aviv, Giuliani says Trump has the power to pardon himself but won’t because he is innocent.

That looks like a hypothetical diversion.

It was the latest in Giuliani’s often contradictory comments surrounding the probe into Russia’s potential meddling in U.S. elections.

Giuliani has become a lightning rod during his tenure on Trump’s team, drawing the president’s ire for a series of scattershot interviews.

There must be some method in Giuliani’s madcap media mushing but while it may divert from the key issues in the short term it could blow back badly.

The Mueller investigation will plod on. Despite attempts by some to claim a lack of legal details now means something, what ends up in court and what ends up proven will have to be waited for, perhaps for some time yet.

In the meantime the circus will continue. One guaranteed loser is US credibility. The Russians could hardly have hoped for a better election outcome.

19 Comments

  1. Trevors_elbow

     /  June 7, 2018

    Why would McCabe need immunity if he has not acted illegally?…. smells off…

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 7, 2018

      There’s no doubt about that – he was fired for being dodgy.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 7, 2018

      here’s a hint:

      – he has a legitimate fear of criminal prosecution based on the criminal referral that has already been made

      – the irregularities in the process by which he was terminated

      – the improper command influence that continues to be exercised by the President of the United States

      • Trevors_elbow

         /  June 7, 2018

        Legitimate fear of criminal prosecution….

        No shit sherlock!!!

        If he has done nithing wrong no charge could be kaid… its almost an admission if guillty isn’t it?

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 7, 2018

          sorry I don’t follow your stream of consciousness comment… could you please repost when the Ambien wears off.

          • Trevors_Elbow

             /  June 7, 2018

            That is so weak Joe Blow…. seriously… you’re falling apart like Muellers bullshit investigation….

  2. Zedd

     /  June 7, 2018

    quick impression of Guiliani: “Yes MrT, No MrT, anything you say MrT.. can I get that for you MrT.. do you want me to lick your boots (or your A) MrT….. ” 😦
    just like all the other cronies/yes-men/women Mr T surrounds himself with !!

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 7, 2018

      Pretty simple, Zedd. Democrats launched all out war on Trump via Mueller and Trump has launched all out war back on Mueller. The rest is PR.

      • Zedd

         /  June 7, 2018

        OR.. the ‘TRUTH’ is finally catching up to MrT & his cronies. I agree ‘It is all politics’ BUT the more that comes out.. the more it looks like MrT is not using the POTUS to represent the “fools’ who voted him in, but purely, out of total self-interest. (avoiding a godwin)

        remember the old saying; ….. BUT you cant fool all the people all the time.
        Maybe someone needs to remind him ?

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  June 7, 2018

    and in related news sneak previews of the upcoming report on the inspector general’s look into FBI actions around the Hillary Clinton email investigation appear to indicate exactly what everyone already knew: Comey acted rashly in publicly re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s emails only days before the election, and damaging the Clinton campaign.

    Net net net of the IG report: Comey interfered in the election to help trump win.

    cue the trumpian laundromat: frothy lies – clinton got off lightly, deep state out to get him – spin cycle, rinse and repeat

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 7, 2018

      Comey interfered in the election to help trump win

      B.s. No such motivation is imputed.

    • MaureenW

       /  June 7, 2018

      Any thoughts to support your limp assertion Joe? Why would Comey try to help Trump win the presidency?

      • Gezza

         /  June 7, 2018

        He didn’t. It was an unhappy accident occasioned by Comey weighing things up in a panic & making the wrong call.

        • MaureenW

           /  June 7, 2018

          Just wondering why Joe thinks Comey was trying to help Trump.
          Comey must have gotten something seriously wrong to have made such a monumental screw-up, something to do with the prior concealment of Clinton classified emails sitting on the Weiner’s laptop that he was using to send dick-pics around the world.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  June 7, 2018

            I didn’t say Comey was trying to help.

            But his interference helped trump nevertheless. The IG has found that Comey acted rashly in publicly re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s emails only days before the election, and that damaged the Clinton campaign.

            Ergo, what damages trump’s opponent Clinton, helps trump. QED

            Honestly, Maur, you and Al are frothy righty peas in a pod, putting words where they never existed just to throw shade on reality.

            Sometimes I wonder if the two of you tag-troll just for shits and giggles the way you both carry on.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  June 7, 2018

            And yes Comey did screw up – and my comments at the time back that up.

            But your squirrel-call on Weiner and Hill’s emails is getting a bit threadbare.

            Remember, Comey’s a narcissistic Republican with a sense of his own importance. That’s what the screw-up was.

            • Gezza

               /  June 7, 2018

              bingo.

            • MaureenW

               /  June 7, 2018

              A narcissist Republican with his hand up the skirts of the Democrats

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