Sources who witnessed the House Intelligence Committee’s witch hunt to discredit Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion saw the Republican plot to scapegoat deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe backfire badly today.
In their efforts to make McCabe seem biased against Trump, they turned him into a corroborating witness for fired FBI director James Comey.
Team Treason's plan to smear Mueller blows up in their face. Give a Trumper a gun and he'll shoot himself in the foot every time.https://t.co/xbej65okc8
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) December 21, 2017
After the leak of emails FBI agents’ emails calling Trump an “idiot,” the Republican-led Intelligence Committee tried to prove in private testimony this week that McCabe had given Hillary Clinton special treatment in his investigation of her emails, as opposed to more probing treatment of Trump’s alleged involvement with Russia.
Instead, McCabe confirmed Comey’s June Senate testimony in which he said under oath that he had told members of the FBI leadership about the president’s attempts to quash their investigation into now-convicted former Trump national security advisor General Mike Flynn.
McCabe also corroborated Comey’s account of Trump requesting an “oath of loyalty.”
At the time, Comey did not mention any names to the Senate Intelligence Committee. By admitting that Comey had confided Trump’s attempted obstruction of justice to him, McCabe validated Comey’s testimony.
After Comey’s refusal to drop the investigation, Trump fired him, in a second example of obstruction of justice. The president even admitted to NBC’s Lester Holt at the time that he had fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.
Hence the president and his Russia-backed House Republicans’ insidious scheme to try to discredit Mueller and the FBI as biased, even though Comey effectively ended Hillary Clinton’s presidential chances and Mueller is a lifelong Republican, much lauded by both parties.
The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have problems of their own, as committee chair Devin Nunes has quasi-recused himself due to his intricate involvement in Trump’s Russia cover-up. Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy has since stood in as an equally biased chair.
By calling deputy FBI director McCabe in this week for two 7-hour-long hearings, Republicans had hoped to put the final nail in the coffin of the investigation into the president and his inner circle.
Instead, they sealed their own fates.