Saturday, March 09, 2019

Every generation throws a Beria up the pop charts

If you've study history, eventually you learn about Lavrentiy Beria, Stalin's secret policeman. He's infamous for any number of reasons, especially his body count, but the most memorable and terrifying idea of Beria's is embodied in the following quote:

“Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”

It turns out the FBI had a Beria, too:
Top FBI official Andrew McCabe did not just investigate President Trump. As he notes in a little-publicized part of his new book, McCabe even investigated his department boss — then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions — after Senate Democrats asked McCabe to look into allegations Sessions perjured himself during his confirmation hearings when he denied meeting with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign.

Sessions had, in fact, met with the Russian ambassador. He later corrected the record and explained he had forgotten speaking with the official and was not trying to mislead Congress.

Ordering the Sessions probe was “another unprecedented, partisan action that has been forgotten,” said former federal prosecutor Solomon L. Wisenberg, a partner at Nelson Mullins LLP in Washington. 
This guy McCabe. And there was more, as Paul Sperry notes at the link:
While it’s widely assumed that the FBI stopped its entire Trump-related Russia investigation once Mueller was appointed in May 2017, McCabe and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed off on the third renewal of the FISA warrant on Page two months later.

And in little-noticed June 2017 testimony, McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee that “the FBI continues to investigate … the Russia investigation.”

Explained McCabe: “[T]he FBI maintains a much broader responsibility to continue investigating issues relative to potential Russian counterintelligence activity and threats posed to us from Russian adversaries."

There are laws against groundlessly subjecting individuals to criminal investigation. Former prosecutors say what FBI brass did to the president and his advisers could potentially be a violation of a federal statute known as “deprivation of rights under the color of law.”  Other statutes proscribing fraud and false statements also come into play. 

It didn't end well for Beria. McCabe won't be facing a firing squad, but he does need to answer for his depredations.


W.B. Picklesworth said...

Andy McCabe needs to spend some time pacing in a cell.

Bike Bubba said...

One has to wonder exactly how long the investigation ought to continue after it's demonstrated that the provocation for it was complete BS, and what penalties law enforcement officials ought to suffer if they continue an investigation that's unfounded. With WB, I fully believe that those who put people through legal Hell with no reasonable justification ought to at least lose their jobs, and optimally go to jail for it.