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For years Merrick Garland has been a key figure in the D.C. swamp, emboldening the FBI and CIA despite their laundry list of crimes against both Donald Trump and the American people.
It means nothing for Garland to reverse Trump’s decision to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe because he was working in behalf of the elite cabal of government officials who will stop at nothing to take down the Former President and his supporters.
Department of Justice watchdogs found that McCabe lied under oath to investigators, which resulted in his firing ordered by Trump.
Not even a year into Biden’s presidency and Garland not only reversed Trump’s decision, but settled McCabe’s lawsuit and rewarded him with a giant payout.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report in 2018 detailed multiple instances in which McCabe “lacked candor” with FBI Director James Comey, FBI investigators, and inspector general investigators, including while under oath, about his authorization to leak sensitive information to the Wall Street Journal that revealed the existence of an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
McCabe’s agreement with Garland agreement allows the former FBI director to retire and receive an estimated $200,000 in missed pension payments and $539,000 in attorney’s fees for his lawyers. The agreement also requires the DOJ to provide him with a plaque of his FBI badge and Senior Executive Service cufflinks.
On Thursday, Garland was questioned by GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Grassley called Garland’s actions “beyond incredible,” claiming “under your [Garland’s] leadership, instead of punishing him [McCabe], the department reinstated his retirement and expunged his records as part of the settlement.”
Grassley asked if he had authorized the McCabe settlement.
“The McCabe settlement was the recommendation of the career lawyers litigating that case based on their prospects of success in the case,” Garland said. “The case did not involve issues about lying. It involved a claim that he was not given the amount of time necessary to respond to allegations. The litigators concluded that they needed to settle the case because of the likelihood of loss on that claim.”
Garland insisted the DOJ still stood by Horowitz’s report, however, saying:
“The inspector general’s report still stands. We have not questioned in any way the inspector general’s findings. The reference with respect to false statements was made to the Justice Department in the previous administration and declined in the previous administration. The only issue here was an assessment of litigation merits.”
NEW: Merrick Garland said that the DOJ is not challenging the conclusions of DOJ Inspector General Horowitz’s 2018 report — which found Andrew McCabe repeatedly lied to investigators, including under oath — despite the Biden DOJ reversing McCabe’s firing.https://t.co/uFhvorpjhB
— Scary Dunleavy 👻🎃 (@JerryDunleavy) October 27, 2021
Meanwhile, the Trump-era DOJ decided in early 2020 not to prosecute McCabe over his alleged dishonesty.
During an appearance on CNN, where he is a law enforcement analyst, McCabe said last week, “Trump demanded this, and Jeff Sessions complied, and the rest of the Department of Justice complied as well.”
He also said Horowitz “delivered a truncated, rushed, unfair report that left out material evidence.” Horowitz is widely respected by both Republicans and Democrats in Washington.
Portman asked the watchdog if there had been any influence on his report from Trump or anyone else in the Trump administration.
“Absolutely none,” Horowitz said.
That tells you everything you need to know. Period.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney