House Republicans’ plot to help Trump fire Mueller just backfired in their faces

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Trump’s firing of his own FBI chief triggered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Prosecutor Mueller, who is now zeroing in on the president.

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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.

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Instead, they sealed their own fates.

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Lucia Brawley is a Harvard- and Yale-educated writer, producer, actor, and political organizer. She runs the progressive political Facebook group Consenting to Lead. To learn more, please go to luciabrawley.com. Follow her on Twitter: @luciabrawley

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