New Book by Andrew McCabe: Trump Rejected U.S. Intelligence for Putin’s Word

New Book by Andrew McCabe: Trump Rejected U.S. Intelligence for Putin’s Word February 15, 2019

There have been a lot of tales centered around the frustration within the White House, as aides and administration officials attempt to keep the president focused and informed.

The big problem seems to be he only believes what he sees on Fox News or hears from outside sources that spend more time stroking his ego than doing research.

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe went ahead and did what pretty much every other former official in the age of Trump has done and wrote a book, discussing his short time serving under the Donald Trump administration.

As can, or should be imagined, it does not paint a flattering image of the commander-in-chief.

Oddly enough, most of them don’t.

I suppose the argument could be made that McCabe is simply expressing his sour grapes, taking a swipe at the president who fired him two days before he could have retired and collected full benefits, after over 20 years of service.

It was a nasty move, and typical, cold-blooded Trump.

Still, McCabe had some issues. He was fired, according to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions for “lacking candor under oath.”

Specifically, he allegedly lied under oath about authorizing FBI agents to speak to The Wall Street Journal.

With all that being said, his new book, “The Threat,” bears the ring of truth, given what we already know about President Trump from multiple sources and observable incidents through his short presidency.

Some of the accounts from McCabe’s book should shake Americans to their core, but so much has already gone down of the same urgency, with the response of the GOP and the rest of Trump’s cult being to rally around him.

One of those chilling instances, according to McCabe, happened back in July 2017, as Trump disputed an Oval Office briefing regarding North Korea, and their first reported test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

According to Trump, he had it on better authority than his own intelligence community that it didn’t happen.

McCabe wrote that Trump called the launch of the long-range missile a “hoax,” telling officials he knew North Korea did not have the ability to launch that type of missile “because Vladimir Putin had told him so.”

Imagine that. Another situation where Donald Trump yields to the authority of our greatest geopolitical foe in matters of national security, as opposed to listening to our own intelligence community.

I have to point out that this was in the “Little Rocket Man” time frame, and Trump and Kim had not yet “fallen in love.”

That was back in 2017. It is now 2019 and he’s shown very little change in that attitude.

Of course, the White House has blown off the reports coming out from McCabe’s book.

Asked for comment, the White House pointed to a statement earlier Thursday from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that said McCabe “has no credibility and is an embarrassment to the men and women of the FBI and our great country.”

Yeah, McCabe isn’t the one embarrassing us.

Or putting us at risk.

In McCabe’s book he also discusses opening an obstruction of justice probe into Trump’s actions, after he fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Of course, Trump had to take his shots at McCabe, as well.

Trump ripped McCabe on Thursday morning, tweeting that the former FBI official “pretends to be a ‘poor little Angel’ when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax.”

The “hoax” has uprooted dozens of Russians, uncovered multiple links between Trump associates and campaign aides to Russia, and implicated at least six of those associates in illegal activities.

All that, and special counsel Robert Mueller has yet to issue a final report, which could indicate there’s more work to do and more indictments coming.

So while we wait on that work to come down, I’m going to go ahead and call it: This will not be the last tell-all about the Donald Trump presidency, and we’ve only scratched the surface of just how bad it is.

Bank on it.

 

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  • Why can’t you NeverTrumper’s get it? It’s all quite logical really.

    Nationalism will make America great again
    Trump is a nationalist
    Therefore Trump will make America great again.

    Trump wants to make America great again
    Traitors don’t want America great again
    Therefore anyone who opposes Trump is a traitor.

    That’s the syllogistic form of the fallacious reasoning which assures Trump’s idolaters that when he does something unpatriotic it must actually be patriotic, or inconsequential to the big picture. No need for checks and balances with Trump, we only have to trust in him. To them, their delusional ends justifies the means which places their camp right next to the “progressives”. Despite their empty rhetoric, both camps are feeding off each other and playing leap frog to a permanent despotism. Something to which both Christianity and American conservatism abhors, even if those who claim those titles don’t..

    “The more accurately and the more ingeniously men reason, and the farther they pursue their reasonings, from false principles, the more numerous and the more inveterate will their inconsistencies, nay, their absurdities be.” ~James Wilson

    “He [the devil] always sends errors into the world in pairs -pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which one is the worse. You see why of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them.” ~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I think a large part of Trump’s “invincibility” myth (and that of Obama/Bush/Clinton before him) is the inability (or outright refusal) of the general American public to actually believe the levels of corruption, deceit, betrayal, and greed that actually exist in Wash DC (and that continues to be imported from NYC & other progressive strongholds) today. People simply refuse to believe that they were given an option of two people for President in 2016 where BOTH were not just “disreputable”, but downright greedy, malicious, hateful and childish enough to put their own greed above that of the good of the country.

    Most Americans have a deep, abiding respect and love for this country and for the their fellow man. Most Americans agree that the good of the country is worth personal sacrifice and even a degree of personal loss if it truly helps the country, but are unwilling to continue to sacrifice for the greed of of a few or for the beliefs of those that have been led astray by the likes of such snake-oil salesmen as Al Gore [Global Cooling/warming/change means we must destroy our economy] or Obama [if you like your doctor….] or Donald Trump [trade wars are good and easy-to-win] or to stroke the vanity or pad the pockets of the already-wealth / already-powerful. Most Americans simply cannot (or will not) believe that the people they’ve elected to represent them to government do NOT have their interests at heart and do not believe that the people they send to DC to represent them have no interest in their problems if serving the people they represent means a loss of comforts or political status or any decrease in the lifestyle they want in DC.

    As Obama, Trump (and whoever follows) get more and more obvious about the threats they pose to American freedoms, lifestyles, pensions, health, and general income potential, I think Americans are slowly waking up. We see this is in the large exodus of Republicans as the party attempted to close ranks around Trump by threatening any that did not comply with the “party line”. We see this with the large number of Democrats abandoning their party as the Democrats formally embrace socialism and communism while abandoning God and traditional American values.

    I think we will soon hit a tipping point where BOTH major parties become irrelevant and the country becomes primed for a 3rd party that returns America to founding principles, starting with restoration of the Constitutional allocations of power (we see this as Congressional regret grows for having given the President tariff & trade powers as well as as much control over military deployments as they have. We see this as Congressional regret grows for past laws that they have passed that authorize the President to exercise more and more Congressional authority so the Congressional Reps could not be held responsible at election time.

    Now if we could just remove the current members of Congress and replace them with honorable people that have the courage and willingness to represent the people of their districts rather than special interests or the lobbyists, unions, and special interests that fund their campaigns……

  • Ronald Langdon

    I suppose that when a person can only see what they want to see in McCabes book they turn a blind eye to the obvious conclusion that MCcabe and the rest of the deep state corruptors are about to be charged and brought to justice.Susan and her readers are so full of hate for trump they cannot believe that this will happen. We will wait and see who will be vendicated LOL SAD

  • Pearl Nardini

    There were many concerns expressed on TV yesterday about Trump and his erratic comments and behavior; this took place in the Rose Garden when he set forth his latest veering towards a dictatorship. He thinks of himself as “king” and he can do no wrong. This is a worrisome thought process and steps should be taken immediately to stop this insane and dangerous path.

  • Ellen Elmore

    No matter how many people write books about Trump’s immoral behavior and policies, Trump always comes out unscathed. Trump is as untouchable as Hillary. Other than Hillary losing the 2016 presidential election, neither Trump nor Hillary will ever see consequences for their abuse of power. Birds of a feather flock together and two peas in a pod, come to mind.

  • captcrisis

    Hard to separate Trump’s treason from his stupidity. Trusted Putin because he’s being blackmailed? Or because he’s wowed by Putin’s masculine authoritarianism?

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Just keep telling people how “untouchable” Trump and Hillary are and they might start to believe you.

    As for me, I read an article in the Wash Examiner recently where Trump kids “have decided” not to pursue any new hotel deals for a while. After reading the article, it became clear to me that they were continuing to pursue a handful of deals they have not yet finalized, but are terminating several deals as their partners are deciding to remove the Trump name from their hotels & casinos. The key words here are “their partners are deciding to remove the Trump name”. Since this likely implies early-termination penalties on the Trump “branding” contracts, the Trumps are touting an influx of money and claiming it is THEIR decision not to pursue new contracts, when the article made it clear that Trump has become so toxic that many of his “hotel clients” that have purchased Trump name-brand rights are now cancelling their contracts and paying the penalties rather than continue to attempt to compete while labeled “Trump _______”.

    But just keep posting how “untouchable” you believe Trump to be. Trump’s lies and failures continue to be exposed. It turns out that even Trump’s NAFTA-replacement “deal” may fall through as both Canada and Mexico are refusing to agree to the deal unless Trump drops all tariffs and Trump is unwilling to do that. Unless both Canada and Mexico sign, it will not even come up in Congress for approval and Trump will have nothing (except having cancelled NAFTA to wind up with no deal at all).

    Meanwhile Manafort is going to prison and being recommended for 24 years instead of the much shorter 4 or 5 because of lying. Trump’s claims of Mueller’s probe being a hoax are becoming more and more irrelevant and unsupportable. Though I don’t hold much hope of Congressional investigations doing actual investigative work instead of just using the exposure for sound bytes and photo-ops, I DO think that if and when Mueller wraps up his investigation, he will provide Congress with sufficient proof (undeniable chain of documented events) to link Trump to the Russians and to justify impeachment. Mueller will do the work that Democrats are unable to do and by the time he finishes his investigation, additional Republicans will have had their fill of Trump’s increasingly dictatorial power-grabs.

    But just keep telling us how “untouchable” Trump is. In the short term, a few readers might actually believe you – if you repeat if often enough — Herr Goebbels says so.

  • cindy blandin

    I think we will soon hit a tipping point where BOTH major parties become irrelevant and the country becomes primed for a 3rd party that returns America to founding principles, starting with restoration of the Constitutional allocations of power …

    I pray you are right.

  • mudskipper

    Classic liberalism abhors despotism, too, you know. There are people on both sides of the aisle who are united in their concerns about Trump.

  • John225

    I tried reading some of the deep state “news” to see what you were on about. I must say I think you will be disappointed. Tenuous unsubstantiated connections blown up into grand conspiracy theories presented as fact. If you want to know something real, Mueller’s probe has indicted 34 individuals and 3 companies which has so far resulted in 8 convictions. 26 individuals are in Russia and beyond reach of the law. There are at least 4 other indictments I know of outside the probe and you know what I don’t think he is anywhere near done. He hasn’t missed yet. I think he is just getting started. It took 4 years to investigate Bill Clinton and Mueller is going to be done with a much more complicated case in 2 years, I don’t think so. The thing I find sad is that despite all that Mueller has uncovered people still believe Trumps slur of Mueller and the probe. There is so much false news around people can self-delude forever.

  • John225

    About the emergency declaration Trumps (or should I say Rush Limbaughs) strategy seems to be to lose and appeal the case up through the courts until it reaches his court (SCOTUS) where he will win because his judges are partisan. He could be disappointed unless they rewrite the English language. I hope he is disappointed and SCOTUS isn’t his.

  • Hi Mudskipper

    Unfortunately the term “conservative” has been redefined and diluted to mean nothing more than someone who leans right or votes for the Republican Party. The essence of genuine American conservative stems from the principles of republicanism, classical liberalism and the Natural Law this nation was founded upon.

    The reason I didn’t include any other groups or people is because it’s not enough to be united in our concerns about one despot if it’s simply over personal dislikes rather than on principle equally applied. For example look at how many Republicans who oppose the Democrat’s usurpations but are silent over the Republican Party’s offenses, and vise versa. To both of them, actions are only bad depending on which side does them (i.e. moral relativism). Neither side truly cares about law or liberty, which are really one and inseparable, they are merely fighting to impose their faction’s will on the rest of society.

    Ronald Reagan hit the nail on the head in his speech ‘A Time For Choosing’ when he said:

    You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down: [up] man’s old — old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. And regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.

    Similarly, the soon to be chief architect of our present Constitution laid out this principle of a constitutional government of liberty.

    The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier [Constitution] which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves. ~James Madison, Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments (1785)

  • John225

    Deep State and the Surveillance State aren’t exactly the same thing. If Trump is a deep state believer it would inform his mistrust of his intelligence organizations and his characterization of the main stream media. It would also explain his seeking other sources of intelligence such as other foreign leaders and fringe news organization. He is certainly not the champion of the anti-surveillance/privacy crowd as he has just signed a law extending NSA surveillance powers. This seems at odds with everything else. You can understand the messaging that was around during his campaign and its appeal to deep state believers. Things like “drain the swamp” and his not being a member of the political establishment and his funding his own campaign, i.e. not being bought and paid for. I’m sure a lot of these messages have lost their luster by now. I think a lot of people have lost faith in the political system and are voting for extremes. Why else would America go from having its first black president to its first white president. Expect to next go from a pseudo conservative to pseudo socialist. I think it has become painfully obvious to the average American that the system isn’t working for them and Trump is a symptom of the despiration that induces.

  • John225

    Digging into Trump finances I find rumors of money “close to Putin” (FL Group) supporting Trump projects going back to the early 2000’s. That is not long after Yeltsin resigned and Putin rose to power and a long time from where we are now. If you look at American meddling to get Yeltsin reelected in 96, Putin could just be repaying the favor 2 decades later. If Trump has been groomed for this for 2 decades he will just be an element of a grander plan. When the USSR collapsed it lost its superpower status, America lost its counterbalance on the world stage becoming the only superpower left. You hear terms like unipolar to describe the balance of world power.

    Bayrock Group started in Trump Tower in 2000 by Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater came on board about 2002 and introduced Trump to the organization. Felix Sater is son of Mikhail Sheferovsky who is underboss to Semion Mogilevich. Semion is reportedly the boss of bosses of the Russian Mob. This puts Trump just two degrees of separation from the head of all the Russian mob and only one from a syndicate head. Mr Mogilevich also reportedly gets on well with Putin. The Palm beach mansion purchase from Trump by a Russian oligarch in 2008 falls in this time frame and provided Trump with a cash injection when he desperately needed it.

  • Ellen Elmore

    The Blue Tail Gadfly – thank you for the C.S. Lewis quote. It is perfect for this toxic political culture.The devil sent us Hillary & Trump although I do not think they are complete opposites. Evangelical voters were so afraid of Hillary that they compromised their values and principles to vote for the lessor of two evils. The devil successfully relied on their “extra dislike of the one error to draw them gradually into the opposite one.” I believe the only way to “go straight between both errors” was to vote for neither Hillary or Trump. Unfortunately I am in the minority and all we did is replace one error with another of equal value.