More Evidence of FBI Politicization: McCabe Said not To Call Benghazi an Act of Terrorism
Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL), claims FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe, ordered agents not to call the 2012 Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when distributing a report of the incident to the larger intelligence community. This allegations come from an interview with a newly retired FBI supervisor.
According to DeSantis, the agent thought the instructions were concerning because his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama.
The Hill reported on the story:
In the days after the 2012 attack, Obama administration officials initially said it was related to spontaneous Muslim anger over an anti-Islam video tape and not a planned-out act of terrorism.
DeSantis argued the example highlights the politicization of the FBI.
“What operational reason would there be to issue an edict to agents telling them, in the face of virtually conclusive evidence to the contrary, not to categorize the Benghazi attack as a result of terrorism? By placing the interests of the Obama administration over the public’s interests, the order is yet another data point highlighting the politicization of the FBI,” DeSantis said…
The effort comes days after President Trump lashed out at the FBI. Trump was angered by the news that an FBI official working with special counsel Robert Mueller had sent anti-Trump and pro-Hillary Clinton texts to a girlfriend. Mueller removed the married FBI agent from his team.
Trump and his allies, including DeSantis, argue the FBI has taken a much more forceful approach to investigating Trump than they did when Clinton was being probed for her use of a private email server as secretary of State.
“The data points we have regarding politicization are damning enough but appear all the more problematic when viewed against the backdrop of investigations whose ferocity seemed to depend on the target: the Clinton case was investigated with an eye towards how to exonerate her and her associates, while the Russia investigation is being conducted using scorched earth tactics that seek to find anything to use against Trump associates,” DeSantis told The Hill.
He said he also had talked to another whistleblower who witnessed a video teleconference last February between bureau leadership and their special agents in charge on the day former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned over lying to Vice President Pence over his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the United States…
DeSantis said the person he spoke with said a senior FBI executive made an inappropriate comment suggesting the bureau had a personal motive in investigating Flynn and ruining his career. DeSantis wants the FBI to tell him if the videotape was saved.
“The wildly divergent ways these investigations have been conducted appear to dovetail with the political bias that has been uncovered,” DeSantis said.
This latest news follows that news concerning the FBI counterintelligence agent removed by Mueller, Peter Strzok, who played key roles in the Russia investigation into Trump, as well as the classified email probe that ended with no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.
Strzok was the agent who interviewed Michael Flynn, without notice, in January—from that conversation is the lie Flynn told that he pled guilty to last week. He was a member of the “special team” assigned to handle Clinton’s email scandal. He interviewed and struck deals with her two associates, Huma Abedin, and Cheryl Mills, who it is now known both lied at the time about Clinton’s servers. He was also the agent who worked with Christopher Steele, author of the infamous Trump dossier.
How he ever made it onto team Mueller in the first place is a mystery, if bi-partisanship is truly at the heart of this investigation?
Now we have credible accusations of even more blatant politicization of the FBI regarding McCabe, whose wife was a close political ally of Clinton, a man who recused himself form the Clinton email scandal a week before it ended!
DeSantis and several other lawmakers say they plan to press FBI Director Christopher Wray on this and many other things at a hearing Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee.
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