Disgraced former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, an Obama holdover who was fired for lying to the FBI, used taxpayer money to buy a $70,000 conference table and then tried to hide it from Congress.
McCabe’s cronies in the FBI redacted the table’s outrageous price tag when they turned over documents that the Senate Judiciary Committee had requested for months. The redactions caused a delay in the FBI handing over the documents to the committee, which oversees the agency.
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 24, Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urged the FBI to stop slow-walking document requests in an attempt to redact out embarrassing information.
Grassley said there is no national-security reason to edit out the cost of office furniture and cause unnecessary delays in document production. The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating the DOJ’s dubious role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s fruitless investigation of Trump-Russia collusion.
“Congress, and the public, have a right to know how the Department spends taxpayer money. I am unaware of any legitimate basis on which the cost of a conference table should be redacted.
Embarrassment is not a good enough reason. The manner in which some redactions have been used casts doubt on whether the remaining redactions are necessary and defensible.”
As BizPac Review previously reported, McCabe has lashed out at President Trump after he admitted he lied to FBI investigators regarding his 2016 decision to leak intel to the Wall Street Journal about the Hillary Clinton email probe.
Lying to the FBI is a federal crime punishable by a five-year jail sentence, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1001.
Andrew McCabe was fired in March 2018 — not by President Trump — but by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the recommendation of Obama-appointed Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Andrew McCabe admits he misled investigators: 'I was confused and distracted' https://t.co/8139d78ROF
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) March 25, 2018
Conservatives on Twitter pointed out that the liberal media have remained curiously silent about McCabe’s $70,000 conference table, even though they wrote countless angry stories calling out HUD Secretary Ben Carson for buying a $13,000 dining set and trashed EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt for spending $43,000 on a sound-proof phone booth.
Carson and Pruitt are reimbursing the government for their purchases. McCabe isn’t.
Ironically, McCabe recently set up a GoFundMe page, which raised more than $538,000 from public donations. He later shut down the page, but only after it exceeded his initial $250,000 donation goal.
As of this writing, none of the major liberal media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, or NBC has written a single story about McCabe’s $70,000 conference table.
A thread on Reddit noted that CNN wrote 82 articles about Ben Carson’s $31,000 table and ZERO stories about McCabe’s $70,000 table.
Fortunately, social media is there to make up for the deafening silence of the anti-Trump liberal media, which is running defense for Democrats.
Republican Congressman Mark Meadows tweeted: “Amazing. This is what the DOJ frequently uses redactions for. Not for national security reasons, as they claim, but to save themselves from personal embarrassment–or, even worse, to hide relevant facts. We’ve caught them doing it several times now.”
Amazing. This is what the DOJ frequently uses redactions for.
Not for national security reasons, as they claim, but to save themselves from personal embarrassment–or, even worse, to hide relevant facts. We've caught them doing it several times now.https://t.co/rYTGWykKE7
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) May 24, 2018
The Daily Mail’s David Martosko observed: “Andrew McCabe spent $70,000 in taxpayer money on an office conference table. The price was mentioned in one of Lisa Page’s texts to Peter Strzok. The FBI redacted the number (probably from shame) when Congress demanded to see the texts.”
StevieWires wrote: “#Breaking Andrew McCabe purchased a $70,000 dollar conference table with taxpayer money. DOJ used redactions to cover up embarrassment.”
Ann Stone remarked: “The media raked Ben Carson over the coals for almost spending $31,000 on a table for his office. Now we find out Andrew McCabe spent $70,000 on his table. So will he be pilloried by the Press?? Fair is fair.”
The media raked Ben Carson over the coals for almost spending $31,000 on a table for his office. Now we find out Andrew McCabe spent $70,000 on his table. So will he be pilloried by the Press?? Fair is fair…
— Ann Stone (@aews) May 25, 2018
National Review’s Jim Geraghty simply quipped: “Man, you could get two Ben Carson dining sets and have money left over for the cost of one Andrew McCabe table.”
Man, you could get two Ben Carson dining sets and have money left over for the cost of one Andrew McCabe table.
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) May 25, 2018
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