Commenting on the anti-Trump bias at the senior levels of the FBI when James Comey was bureau director and Andrew McCabe was deputy director, former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said that is not how the FBI "as a whole operates," and added that bureau veterans "know that the Clinton e-mail investigation was not a real investigation."
James Comey served as FBI director from September 2013 to May 2017, when he was fired by President Donald Trump. Andrew McCabe, a hardcore leftist, started in the FBI in 1996 and was removed as deputy director last week just prior to the release of a memo, by the House Intelligence Committee, documenting the anti-Trump bias and and FISA court malfeasance by senior FBI officials.
McCabe was Comey's second-in-command fore more than two years and was responsible for overseeing the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton and her mishandling of classified documents and her illicit use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State in the Obama administration.
Chris Swecker joined the FBI in 1982 and served there for 24 years. He was the assistant director of the FBI from 2004-2006.
On Fox & Friends on Feb. 4, co-host Ed Henry asked Swecker, “Defenders of James Comey have said, ‘oh, it was not a big deal that he and Andrew McCabe were drafting this exoneration statement for Hillary Clinton months before they even interviewed her. I’m am outsider, we’re outsiders, we don’t know how the FBI does it job. Is that the proper way? I mean, people on the outside here that and say, ‘three months before she was exonerated, they were already drafting the statement.’ Doesn’t that sound like it was cooked?"
Swecker, now the chairman of the Governor's Crime Commission in North Carolina, said, “Yes it does, it sounds like the thumb was on the scale. Those of us who have done investigations and counterintelligence investigations know that the Clinton e-mail investigation was not a real investigation. They never once used a grand jury that I know of."
"We’re hearing – those of us in the retired agent community – we’re hearing that Deputy Director McCabe was expressing his opinions in closed door meetings all the time about Trump," said Swecker.
"So we’re talking about a pre-determined investigation," he said. "That is not how the FBI as a whole operates, and FBI agents on the street don’t operate that way.”
The intelligence memo released last Friday showed that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee had paid a law firm that, in turn, paid a political research group, Fusion GPS, which then paid ex-British spy Christopher Steele who, in turn, paid Russians to provide political "dirt" on Donald Trump -- the false and salacious Trump dossier.
That fake document was then used by the FBI and Justice Department -- James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, Sallie Yates, amomg others -- to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. However, the DOJ and FBI officials did not tell the FISA court about the political background of the dossier or that it ultimately had been paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. (Read the intelligence memo here.)
The memo states, "Deputy Director [Andrew McCabe] testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information." In other words, the FBI could not have spied on the Trump campaign in 2016-17 had it not been for a fake political dossier paid for by the CLinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
On Feb. 3, President Trump tweeted, "This memo totally vindicates 'Trump' in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their [sic.] was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!"
Back in July 2006, when Chris Swecker resigned after 24 years of service, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller said, "Chris Swecker has made tremendous contributions to this institution and to the safety and security of the American people. He served as the on-scene commander of the FBI operations in Iraq, managed the dismantlement of a Hizballah terror cell in Charlotte, North Carolina, and oversaw the investigation and capture of top ten fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph.
"Under his leadership, the FBI has improved oversight of and support for criminal investigations, and brought new levels of sophistication to the use of intelligence in criminal investigations. He strengthened priority programs to fight public corruption, transnational criminal enterprises, and violent gangs, and worked to protect our children and cherished civil rights. Under his direction, the Criminal Investigative Division increased its public corruption efforts by 250 Agents, opened 30 new gang task forces, and established specialized child abduction response teams.
"I would like to thank him for the sacrifices he has made and for his many contributions to protect and serve the American people."