McCabe labeled 'a stench in the nostrils of honest men'

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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A former attorney with the Justice Department says if what's being reported turns out to be true, Andrew McCabe – the former deputy director of the FBI – basically participated in a "coup d'état" to oust a duly elected president of the United States.

People can't stop talking about McCabe's interview on 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday. In addition to saying that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire into the White House as part of an investigation into alleged "Russian collusion," McCabe (pictured) said it was a very "stressful" time.

McCabe: "I can't even describe for you how many things must have been coursing through the Deputy Attorney General's mind at that point."

Talking about that Wednesday on "Sandy Rios in the Morning" on American Family Radio, former Justice Department attorney turned Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans von Spakovsky said it reminded him of a line from the 1948 film Fort Apache.

"There is a line where they're talking about this dishonest character," he shared, "and they call him a blackguard, a liar, a hypocrite and a stench in the nostrils of honest men – and that's what I think of Andrew McCabe."

Spakovsky added the DOJ inspector general said that McCabe committed perjury, that he "lied about leaking information about internal FBI investigation to the press, and then when the IG investigator asked him about it he lied to them."

von Spakovsky, Hans (Heritage)"The second part of this is if what he says is true, it shows not only how corrupt he is, but how totally unqualified he was to be the number two at the FBI," Spakovsky continued. "We know now publicly everything they knew about the Trump campaign and the supposed collusion with the Russian government, of which there was none."

To put it another way, Spakovsky said McCabe is admitting that the FBI opened an investigation when it had not verified information of any kind that there was any federal law violated or there was actually any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

"Then, improperly, they start talking about the 25th Amendment," said Spakovsky. "The 25th Amendment and the provision that they're talking about ... was intended [for use] if the president is mentally incapacitated or so physically hurt, such as like from an assassination attempt, that he can't fulfill his office – then, yeah, members of his Cabinet can try to get him replaced."

According to Spakovsky, if the FBI believed Trump was engaging in wrongdoing, the only people who can remove a president are members Congress through impeachment.

"These folks were basically talking about getting rid of a president who had been elected by the American people," he concludes.

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