Do you guys remember Andrew McCabe, the former top FBI official? I barely do. He’s fallen pretty far into obscurity over recent years, but that’s all changing now that he’s advised the Biden administration to not cooperate with a congressional inquiry being launched into the issue of President Joe Biden’s classified documents, found both at a Washington think tank and in the garage located at his house.
This kind of obstinance, McCabe stated last Friday, “could drag things out.”
The coming investigation is set to focus on “conducting oversight of the Justice Department’s actions” over the discovery of the classified documents. Jordan stated in a letter addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland, “It is unclear when the Department first came to learn about the existence of these documents, and whether it actively concealed this information from the public on the eve of the 2022 elections. … It is also unclear what interactions, if any, the Department had with President Biden or his representatives about his mishandling of classified material. The Department’s actions here appear to depart from how it acted in similar circumstances.”
Conducting an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, McCabe went on to say that Garland should refuse to cooperate with congressional oversight. You know, I don’t think that’s a real wise idea. It makes it seem as if the Biden administration and the current DOJ have some skeletons in the closet they don’t want to see the light of day.
“I certainly would advise them, if they were willing to listen to my advice, I would advise them to take a very hard line against that,” McCabe remarked when speaking of cooperating with congressional oversight.
“There is a clear precedent here of not sharing information, from an ongoing criminal investigation, with Congress. And I think the DOJ is in a very strong position to resist on those grounds,” he added. “Who knows what comes of that resistance? Maybe DOJ leadership starts getting subpoenaed. And ultimately, that fight will end up in the courts. And that could drag things out.”
What’s funny is the comments made by McCabe are the reason why Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, said he’s “not a fan” of special counsel investigations.
“I think the way we handle these investigations of wrongdoing — I’ll call it that — in the political realm is we just do it completely backwards. I think Congress ought to be able to have access to all the information — do their oversight,” Johnson stated during an interview Sunday on “Meet the Press.”
“If there is evidence of wrongdoing, then we should refer that to the Justice Department. Then the investigation should take place,” he said. “What happens nowadays is the investigation begins, Congress never gets access to the information, and as a result, the American public never understands the truth of these situations.”
All I want is to see Biden held accountable for retaining these documents. The same standard applied to Trump should be applied to Biden. Let’s have a little consistency here.