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AG Barr is starting new probe of ‘Comey, McCabe, Pete Strzok,’ says fmr. DOJ official, Weissman

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On Friday, news broke that the DOJ has appointed an outside prosecutor to review the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Soon afterward, Andrew Weissman, a former Department of Justice official and a leader on the 2017 Robert Mueller special counsel team, claimed that the new probe is actually the start of an investigation that is going to be of Comey, Mccabe, Pete Strzok.”

The Washington Examiner reported: “Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official who was known as Mueller’s ‘pit bull’ during the Russia investigation, said the Justice Department swapped out the ‘loser case’ of Andrew McCabe, who escaped criminal charges on Friday for allegedly lying to investigators about authorizing media disclosures, for a fresh one targeting top former FBI officials, including McCabe, led by Jeffrey Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.”

Watch the Weissmann segment here, as he talks with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd …

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“The judge said there’s no issue here,” said Weissmann. “And so, the thing that’s really interesting today is, I am quite cynical, because there was no way Andy McCabe–there was going to be a successful prosecution.”  

“Shocking if you cannot get a grand jury to indict,” he added. “So all they did is take a loser case with respect to Andy McCabe. And I respectfully disagree in the sense that we don’t know whether or not he is guilty or not. Maybe he lied. Maybe he didn’t. We do not have the facts of that. In any event, there is so little evidence of it they could not get a grand jury to indict, so all they did was swapped out a loser case for starting an investigation that is going to be of Comey, McCabe, Pete Strzok.”

Those three, of course, were right in the middle of the bogus investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia–a “witch hunt” that was essentially the start of today’s ongoing political polarization and legislative paralysis in Washington.

Attorney General William Barr selected Jensen, the top federal prosecutor in St. Louis, to examine the facts of the Flynn case, saying in a statement that, “US Attorney Jeff Jensen will be working hand-in-hand with the lead prosecutor of Flynn case, Brandon Van Grack.”

In January, just ahead of his scheduled sentencing, Flynn withdrew his guilty plea that he entered more than two years ago, saying, “I am innocent of this crime.” The guilty plea was part of a highly suspect plea deal with prosecutors in a case that has reeked of political gamesmanship from the beginning.

Weissmann, who is now a legal analyst for NBC News, has repeatedly gone to bat for the FBI on the air, while criticizing the Trump administration and AG Barr.

In the wake of the president’s impeachment acquittal in the Senate, Democrats are increasingly anxious about the moves being made by Barr’s DOJ, to include U.S. Attorney John Durham’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation–a probe that conservatives hope will actually result in some Deep State indictments.

Victor Rantala


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