more than two months, the FBI has failed to abide by a judge’s
order to turn over all of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew
McCabe’s text messages, emails and SMS phone messages to a
government watchdog group that has filed a lawsuit on behalf of
a former senior FBI special agent. The communications in
question are related to McCabe’s wife’s unsuccessful run for
Virginia State senate and might also contain invaluable
information on McCabe’s role in the Bureau’s investigation into
Hillary Clinton’s private email server used to send classified
information, several former FBI sources and a government
official told this reporter.
January, Judicial Watch, a formidable conservative watchdog
group based in Washington D.C., filed a lawsuit against the FBI
for the communications on behalf of retired FBI Supervisory
Special Agent Jeff Danik. Danik spent more than 28 years with
the bureau as a supervisor in the counter-terrorism division and
special overseas advisor. Danik filed his original Freedom of
have not produced one text of McCabe’s, not one…”
Act (FOIA) request in October 2016 for McCabe’s communications.
After Danik filed his original FOIA the FBI responded on
November 8 and 9, 2016 denying his request. Danik appealed to
the Justice Department and in June of 2017 the DOJ wrote that
the FBI should search for and turn over any pertinent documents.
The FBI still refused to turn over the documents and in January
he filed a joint lawsuit withJudicial
Watchfor the documents.
have not produced not one text of McCabe, not one,” said
Danik, referencing the bureau. “The government is out of
control and it’s astonishing. Do you know what would happen if
the government subpoenaed you for information and you didn’t
produce records that you had in your possession? You’d go to
jail for contempt.”
officials could not be reached immediately for comment.
been months and “the FBI continues to stonewall,” said Danik.
DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to produce
a report before the end of the month on the bureau’s handling of
the Clinton investigation and according to IG’s mandate, McCabe
is a significant part of that probe. According to several
government sources and a former senior law enforcement official
McCabe will not only be criticized by Horowitz for authorizing a
leak to the Wall
Street Journal on October 2016 but has also
been under investigation for allegedly intervening to shut down
part of the investigation into the Clinton server.
had the authority to shut down investigations but if it’s
discovered that he stopped an investigation for political
reasons based on his own bias that will be a significant problem
for him,” said a former senior government official, with
knowledge of the investigation.
said McCabe’s communications are essential to unraveling how the
bureau’s leadership handled Clinton’s investigation into the
former presidential candidate, adding that it is more poignant
after text messages between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and
his paramour FBI lawyer Lisa Page revealed extreme bias against
President Trump in the alleged Russia collusion
reported earlier. Strzok was removed from Special
Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump after the text
messages were discovered.
Watch’s president Tom Fitton expressed concern after his
organization uncovered communications showing McCabe,
“despite massive contributions from Clinton ally Terence
McAuliffe” to his wife Jill McCabe in the 2015 political
campaign, did not recuse himself from the Russia investigation
until a week before the November 2016 election. It was
originally believed that McCabe had recused himself much earlier
in the investigation.
FBI has been playing games with text messages for some time,”
said Fitton. “The arrogance in refusing to provide any text
messages of Mr. McCabe shows a contempt for transparency and the
rule of law.”
who spent his career at the FBI building cases, said the failure
of the bureau to adequately investigate Clinton’s use of a
private server to conduct government business was an
“astonishing failure” to the American people and was criticized
by many former and current agents.
I was allowed to conduct the investigation into who knew what,
when regarding the Hillary Clinton email server, I could put
that timeline together very quickly,” said Danik, in an earlier
interview. “There’s a huge electronic footprint now…in the FBI
between text and email and instant messaging. The way that the
documents are prepared in the official system. This is a large
footprint that is left on an investigation and it can be quickly
retrieved. You can tell very quickly the efficiency, the speed
at which investigation was taken or not undertaken. I don’t know
if they don’t want those records out because it pulls back the
curtain and lets you see the framework of these investigations
or maybe they are afraid of what it actually says and who it
Andrew McCabe is the outgoing Deputy Director of the FBI whose wife received $700k from Clinton allies & who recused himself from the Clinton investigation one week prior to the 2016 election — and the FBI is stonewalling JW on McCabe's text messages too. http://jwatch.us/Vc2ZP4