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Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Fake News: WND Pushes Non-Existent Scandal Involving FBI Agent
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Last fall just before the election, WorldNetDaily and the Media Research Center both tried to create a fake-news scandal about Andrew McCabe, an FBI official who was taking part in the agency's investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails whose objectivity was purportedly compromised because a PAC run by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe donated money to a campaign by McCabe's wife for a Virginia state legislative seat. But as Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler explained, the donations by McAuliffe's PAC to Jill McCabe's campaign were made well before her husband was named to an FBI team proving Clinton's emails -- three months after McCabe lost her election, in fact -- and there was no way "McAuliffe would know that the husband of someone he was supporting in a Virginia legislative race was going to be promoted months later."

Well, discredited WND freelancer Paul Sperry didn't get the message that there's no scandal here, so he spends an Aug. 28 article trying to stoke the witch hunt against McCabe:

Politically compromised deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe continues to run an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged “collusion” with Russia, bureau sources familiar with the probe say – even though it overlaps with the special counsel’s investigation, and even though McCabe, whose wife is a Democratic activist, is under investigation for political conflicts of interest.

As the subject of no fewer than three separate investigations of his own, McCabe is operating under a growing ethical cloud, critics inside the bureau complain.

Yet, he is “still running that investigation,” an FBI source said. “He didn’t recuse himself from the Hillary Clinton case, and he won’t recuse himself from the Russian matter.”

Though Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the Russia investigation from the FBI in May, McCabe continues to oversee a parallel investigation through the bureau’s national security division, sources say. And he maintains a lead role in the case, despite being replaced Aug. 2 as acting FBI director by Trump appointee Christopher Wray.

The allegations Sperry makes against McCabe are either anonymously made, unsubstantiated, or both. And nowhere does Sperry mention that McCabe didn't join the Hillary investigation until three months after his wife's political campaign ended.

The fact that Sperry had to descend to his fellow discredited conspiracy-mongerers at WND to get his nasty, politically motivated story published tells you all you need to know about its shady, empty nature.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:29 AM EDT

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