By NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
The Trump-fired number two leader at the nation’s once premier law enforcement agency, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, through his legal counsel Michael Bromwich requested the Senate Judiciary Committee to grant him immunity in exchange for his testimony, former federal law enforcement official Nathaniel Grouven.
If he is given full immunity, he will testify at a forthcoming hearing stemming from a report examining the FBI’s handling of its Hillary Clinton investigation
“Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection,” Michael Bromwich, his lawyer stated in a letter he sent to the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.
Bromwich also gave Grassley an ultimatum: If not given immunity, my client “will have no choice but to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege.”
Grassley had already requested McCabe — whose interoffice communications revealed an intense dislike for President Trump — to appear before his committee next week. The senators on the committee are scheduled to review a forthcoming Justice Department inspector general report into how the FBI handled the Clinton email probe.
The Justice Department’s Inspector General has concluded that James Comey displayed insubordinate behavior as the FBI’s top cop and he has defied authority more than once while he was FBI director, ABC News reporter Mark Swanson wrote in an exclusive on Wednesday.
Swanson’s sources claim they have read the draft compiled by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. One source told ABC’s Swanson that the IG used the word “insubordinate” to describe Comey’s behavior.
“The IG’s report focuses in on Comey’s decision to inform Congress that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server just 10 days before the 2016 election, ABC reports,” the ABC story states.
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March after the inspector general found McCabe lied under oath about his contacts with the media during the 2017 election, and is expected to be named in the highly-anticipated Inspector General’s report.
In a May 31 letter, Grassley asked McCabe to testify at the forthcoming hearing, and also asked for two sets of documents.
My client “has a legitimate fear of criminal prosecution based on the criminal referral that has already been made, the irregularities in the process by which he was terminated, and the improper command influence that continues to be exercised by the President of the United States,” wrote Bromwich Monday, adding, “This is a textbook case for granting immunity.”
Bromwich also told Grassley he would not provide the requested documents, which he said would violate a nondisclosure agreement MCcabe signed.
Grassley wrote immediately back to Bromwich on Monday, saying he would discuss the request with Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and noted that even if she agreed with the request, it would require a two-third vote of the committee.
Other FBI Agents Weighing Testimony Regard Spygate
The joint investigation by the House Judiciary and the House Oversight Committees are being led by Republican Reps. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Trey Gowdy of South Carolina. Conservatives have continued complaining the FBI, DoJ, and others dragging their feet and at times stonewalling the examination into how the Clinton email investigation was more of a sideshow than a serious criminal investigation.
The Democrats with the help of their news media comrades have complained that the Hillary email case is “old news” and the GOP is trying to distract Americans. The GOP claims, however, that investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into how President Donald Trump is really a Russian plant is simply frivolous.
“The Democrats are terrified that anything that implicates Mrs. Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey or even President Barack Obama may come back to hurt them in the November 2018 election cycle,” said political strategist Michael Baker
According to a number of law-enforcement officers, there are so far three witnesses who may be called to offer testimony in congress: John Giacalone, who initially headed the Clinton investigation detail; Bill Priestap, assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division; and Michael Steinbach, former head of the FBI’s national security division and the man who succeeded Giacalone.
According to Fox News Channel, when then-FBI Director Comey stated on national television that he won’t pursue federal charges against Hillary Clinton for the email server shenanigans, Fox News pundit Judge Andrew Napolitano, a former jurist in Bergen County, New Jersey, wrote an op-ed telling readers that Giacalone had quit the FBI because “he believed the investigation was rigged.”
In the Oct. 28, 2016, Judge Napolitano claimed in another Fox News column that from the gitgo “agents and senior managers gathered in the summer of 2015 to discuss how to proceed. It was obvious to all that a prima-facie case could be made for espionage, theft of government property and obstruction of justice charges. The consensus was to proceed with a formal criminal investigation.”
“Six months later, the senior FBI agent in charge of that investigation resigned from the case and retired from the FBI because he felt the case was going ‘sideways’; that’s law enforcement jargon for ‘nowhere by design,’” Napolitano wrote.
“The reason for the ‘sideways’ comment must have been Giacalone’s realization that DOJ and FBI senior management had decided that the investigation would not work in tandem with a federal grand jury. That is nearly fatal to any government criminal case. In criminal cases, the FBI and the DOJ cannot issue subpoenas for testimony or for tangible things; only grand juries can,” Napolitano continued.
“John Giacalone had been the chief of the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., field offices of the FBI and, at the time of his ‘sideways’ comment, was the chief of the FBI National Security Branch,” said Judge Napolitano.
Meanwhile, Dr. Lyle Rapacki, an intelligence and security official, told the Conservative Base on Friday that yet another FBI investigator, Special Agent Joe Pientka, has publicly come forward on Friday and stated he is ready, willing and able to testify against the former FBI Director Jim Comey and the fraud that was the so-called “interrogation of former Lt. Gen. and National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn.”
Rapacki said that he believes this FBI agent “is quite possibly the crack in the Dam that will cause the spilling of a horrendous level of corruption, collusion, and misuse of public trust and Constitutional authority placed in our federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”
Slowly but surely a number of rank-and-file, honest FBI special agents are letting it be known they are prepared to testify, and expose the horrendous misuse of power and authority that ran — and continues to run — throughout the Executive Branch of government during the Obama years, and by his Deep State cohorts, claims Dr. Rapacki, who owns the private security firm, Sentinel Intelligence Services, LLC.
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