Andrew McCabe’s New Book “The Threat”

He didn’t read intelligence reports and mixed up classified material with what he had seen in newspaper clips. He seemed confused about the structure and purpose of organizations and became overwhelmed when meetings covered multiple subjects. He blamed immigrants for nearly every societal problem and uttered racist sentiments with shocking callousness.

I know, I know, I said I wasn’t going to add to the freaking circus in Washington but I just can’t help myself. I think it was this past week’s media event in the Rose Garden at the White House that really pissed me off. When Trump rolled down the walkway to the podium and said he got a great deal for his freaken wall. If you remember he got 1.37 billion when he was asking for almost 6 billion but, roll back the clock when the Democrates were going to give him 25 billion. So from 25 to 1.3, that’s the deal maker you elected.

Now a National Emergency so he can build his wall. A freaking national emergency, now I know he’s completely nuts. He’s been quoted as saying “It’s not the wall, it’s the fight.” This from the most powerful man in the world. Something must be done, when are the Republicans going to grow a spine and stand up to this guy? What are they so afraid of? Nasty tweets from Humpty Dumpty, so punch back you sniveling cowards.

Well, I could go on and on but, let me keep this to just two topics. Now let me talk about Andrew McCabe’s New Book “The Threat” to be released this week. Andy McCabe is not a perfect man, but who among us is perfect? He’s made some mistakes, however the good he’s done for the country far outweighs the bad. I believe that he is a fine person with impeccable credentials. Just look into it. Google his name and see the things he’s done to protect the country. Then Google Trump and check his record and while you’re doing some checking check out the Washington Post or the Toronto Star as both fake newspapers keep track of the lies Trump tells. He’s now closing in on 9,000, don’t take my word, check it out for yourself.

When is the time that the country stands up and says, ENOUGH! What is it going to take. On Friday Trump spit on the Constitution by declaring a national emergency for political purposes. If this were anyone but Trump they would have been impeached. Just imagine if Obama did this, what do you think the republicans would have done?

OK, as usual, I got off topic. The reason I wrote this was to talk about a new book coming out this week, so here are a few excerpts from the book. When it’s released it should make for an interesting read.

He didn’t read intelligence reports and mixed up classified material with what he had seen in newspaper clips. He seemed confused about the structure and purpose of organizations and became overwhelmed when meetings covered multiple subjects. He blamed immigrants for nearly every societal problem and uttered racist sentiments with shocking callousness.

This isn’t how President Trump is depicted in a new book by former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. Instead, it’s McCabe’s account of what it was like to work for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The FBI was better off when “you all only hired Irishmen,” Sessions said in one diatribe about the bureau’s workforce. “They were drunks but they could be trusted. Not like all those new people with nose rings and tattoos — who knows what they’re doing?”

It’s a startling portrait that suggests that the Trump administration’s reputation for baseness and dysfunction has, if anything, been understated and too narrowly attributed to the president.

The description of Sessions is one of the most striking revelations in “The Threat,” a memoir that adds to a rapidly expanding collection of score-settling insider accounts of Trump-era Washington. McCabe’s is an important voice because of his position at the top of the bureau during a critical series of events, including the firing of FBI chief James Comey, the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller, and the ensuing scorched-earth effort by Trump and his Republican allies to discredit the Russia probe and destroy public confidence in the nation’s top law enforcement agency. The work is insightful and occasionally provocative. The subtitle, “How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” all but equates the danger posed by al-Qaeda and the Islamic State to that of the current president.

McCabe is a keen observer of detail, particularly when it comes to the president’s pettiness. He describes how Trump arranges Oval Office encounters so that his advisers are forced to sit before him in “little schoolboy chairs” across the Resolute Desk. Prior presidents met with aides on couches in the center of the room, but Trump is always angling to make others feel smaller.

“Between the world of chaos and the world of order stands the rule of law,” McCabe writes. “Yet now the rule of law is under attack, including from the president himself.”

Inevitably, the book includes disturbing new detail about Trump’s subservience to Russian President Vladimir Putin. During an Oval Office briefing in July 2017, Trump refused to believe U.S. intelligence reports that North Korea had test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile — a test that Kim Jong Un had called a Fourth of July “gift” to “the arrogant Americans.”

Trump dismissed the missile launch as a “hoax,” McCabe writes. “He thought that North Korea did not have the capability to launch such missiles. He said he knew this because Vladimir Putin had told him so.”

Trump seized on the connection to insinuate that McCabe had stifled the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails — a claim debunked by internal FBI investigations. Trump seems never to have let go of the issue, even as he dangled the FBI director job before McCabe, sneering in one conversation that it “must have been really tough” when McCabe’s wife lost her race. “To lose,” Trump said, driving the dagger further. “To be a loser.”

When McCabe was finally forced out, it was in the most petty fashion possible. He was fired just 26 hours before his own self-declared retirement date. Trump was gleeful. “Andrew McCabe FIRED,” he tweeted. “A great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI.”

But for all of the understandable alarm and indignation that McCabe registers, he seems, like other Trump dissidents, never to have found reason or opportunity to stand up to the president. There are paragraphs in “The Threat” that recount in detail McCabe’s inner outrage — but no indication that those thoughts escaped his lips in the presence of Trump.

What is it that makes otherwise proud public servants, Comey included, willing to subject themselves to Trump-inflicted indignities? Deference to the office? A determination to cling to power? A view of oneself as an indispensable institutional savior? At one point, McCabe puts his odds of getting the FBI director’s position at “one-in-ten-million,” but he goes through a job interview with Trump that feels like a charade from the outset.

McCabe’s disdain for Trump is rivaled only by his contempt for Sessions. He questions the former attorney general’s mental faculties, saying that he had “trouble focusing, particularly when topics of conversation strayed from a small number of issues.”

Logs on the electronic tablets used to deliver the President’s Daily Brief to Sessions came back with no indication he had ever punched in the passcode. The attorney general’s views on race and religion are described as reprehensible.

Sessions “believed that Islam — inherently — advocated extremism” and ceaselessly sought to draw connections between crime and immigration. “Where’s he from?” was his first question about a suspect. The next: “Where are his parents from?”

So there you have it, that is until the actual book is released. I would really like your thoughts on this article. Would you like me to write more like this? Or just give me your comments. Unlike the Washington industrial complex. So come on you pimple poppers and jerk off specialists; get with the program and jot down a comment.

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