I have been trying to savvy what Comey was doing with all his leaking, especially the January 2017 leak of the Flynn phone call to Ambassador Kislyak. I am assuming it was Comey who leaked it, but he could’ve manipulated McCabe or Clapper to do it. In any case, my guess is that Comey was the mastermind of it. His signature traits:
Monumental ego on the scale of a NY or California politician
“Savior of America” delusion of grandeur
Practitioner of “Ethics for thee but not for me!” ← ← lying, “weasel moves,” etc.
In early January, Comey has the Flynn/Kislyak transcript in some form. In order to infect Obama with it, he sends it to DNI Clapper. Clapper obliges and briefs Obama about Flynn and Kislyak. The next day, Obama is obliged to call a meeting of his intelligence types, followed by a small group “meeting after the meeting.” In that small meeting, Obama tries to distance himself from Comey, “by the book.” This interpretation of Obama’s motive comes from the Susan Rice CYA memo and Sally Yates testimony in Congress: Yates is surprised about the phone call and that Obama knows about it, but Comey reacts calmly — he knew all about the phone call. But it’s too late for Obama. Comey has “touched” Obama.
Other Comey leaks
Leak to Wall Street Journal about Midyear Exam (MYE) investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email obstruction. McCabe was the leaker, the inspector general nailed him for it, but he claimed Comey knew. Comey claims he did not know. My guess is that Comey knew and forced McCabe to take it, with Comey knowing he could count on McCabe being declined. Motive for the leak: protect McCabe and perhaps protect something else in Comey’s MYE schemes.
Leak to Washington press corp that President-elect Trump had been briefed on the Steele dossier. Clapper was the leaker. Motive for leak: bootstrap a criminal or counterintelligence investigation of President-elect Trump. Secondary motive: blackmail the incoming president.
Leak to NY Times of several of his memoranda concerning President Trump. Daniel Richman was the leaker. Motive for the leak: con his sub-weasel colleague Rod Rosenstein into the Special Counsel investigation.
Probably other leaks, TBA.
Who knows how many other anonymous sources were really Comey pulling the strings?
So it appears, in this analysis, that in two days, Comey runs a lefthanded blackmail operation against a sitting president and a president-elect. His self-lubricating mind must have been shaking with anticipation.
In addition, the other evil genius is DCI John Brennan. My guess is that the Italian thing is mostly Brennan’s work, and that it was initially independent of Comey’s Flynn scheme.
“…we [OIG] found that in late October 2016, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD/OPA to discuss with [WSJ reporter] Barrett issues related to the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation (CF Investigation). In particular, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD/OPA to disclose to Barrett the contents of a telephone call that had occurred on August 12, 2016, between McCabe and the then-Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (“PADAG”)… The disclosure to the WSJ effectively confirmed the existence of the CF Investigation…”
Matthew Axelrod was PADAG in summer of 2016, presumably the PADAG who jawboned the Clinton Foundation investigation over the phone with Andrew McCabe.
For the past few years, his lawyering career has been a DC revolving door between Department of Justice and various private DC law firms. Here is former PADAG Matthew Axelrod’s LinkedIn page.
In regard to the Wall Street Journal leak that McCabe had engineered, he let on that he was a victim. He knew nothing about it. This was during a private interview in which his interviewers from FBI Inspection Division (INSD) had him swear an oath. They later drafted a statement for him to sign, an SSS, “signed sworn statement,” viz.
On 05/09/2017, [INSD-Section Chief] and [INSD-SSA1] provided me with a photocopy of a Wall Street Journal article, dated 10/30/2016, and requested I evaluate and assess the content of the first three paragraphs appearing on the last page for accuracy. My assessment of the referenced portion of the article is that it is basically an accurate depiction of an actual telephonic interaction I had with a Department of Justice (DOJ) executive. I do not know the identity of the source of the information contained in the article. Since this event, I have shared the circumstances of this interaction with numerous FBI senior executives and other FBI personnel. I gave no one authority to share any information relative to my interaction with the DOJ executive with any member of the media. I initialed a photocopy of the article, which is attached to my statement as Exhibit Number 5.
However, there was a little problem. The INSD twice emailed McCabe a draft of the signed sworn statement, but he never signed it. “McCabe did not sign the draft SSS and did not communicate with INSD regarding the draft SSS until August 18…”
“Two FBI Executives, NY-ADIC and the then-Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Division (“W-ADIC”), told us that they each received calls from McCabe admonishing them for leaks contained in the October 30 WSJ article about the CF Investigation. At no time did McCabe disclose to either of them that McCabe had authorized Special Counsel to disclose information about the CF Investigation to the WSJ reporter.”
McCabe beats up two ADICs about something he, McCabe, orchestrated through two other individuals. Despicable.
And it gets worse. McCabe “forgets,” just like Hillary Clinton: “McCabe told us that he did not recall calling either NY-ADIC or W-ADIC to reprimand them for leaks in the October 30 WSJ article.”
Reading today’s report from Inspector General Horowitz.
McCabe’s misstep was responding to the hammering he was taking from Wall Street Journal concerning the Clinton Foundation investigation.
WSJ had McCabe’s frequency, and when they rang his bell, he cracked. He instigated a leak to protect his own reputation and not to protect the public’s interest. And he did so through by an unnamed source in the newspaper, not publicly.
So it was not Trump that broke McCabe. It was the Wall Street Journal all along.
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