The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, by Andrew G. McCabe (St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, 2019, 274 pages).
Book Review by Dennis Moore
March 18, 2019 (San Diego) - Andrew G. McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI, has written an incisive and titillating story of America at the crossroads of history, an America that seems to be under siege by the President himself. To put this book in historical perspective, McCabe states: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s official mission is ‘to protect the American people and support the Constitution of the United States.”’
To read this book, it does not seem as if the mission statement of the FBI is being allowed. The author lays that at the feet of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
On March 16, 2018, just twenty-six hours before his retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Trump celebrated on Twitter: “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy.”
The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump’s November 2016 election and McCabe’s firing, set against a page-turning narrative spanning two decades when the FBI’s mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen.
Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.
McCabe gives valuable insight in his book on the current state of affairs in America, as well as the workings of the FBI, as he states in The Threat: “I spent the afternoon and evening with my senior staff trying to assess and control the damage that might be done by the texts between Strzok and Page, and trying to figure out where to reassign Strzok, who had been working for Mueller’s special-counsel investigation, but who for obvious reasons we had to remove from the team. I was angry about the poor judgment that Strzok and Page had shown, and I was saddened to consider the disparagement they would now be subjected to. Strzok was a gifted investigator. Page was a gifted lawyer. I respected and trusted them both.”
A particularly revealing and poignant passage in this well written book by McCabe comes in a face to face meeting between him and President Trump, when McCabe was being interviewed in the President’s office in consideration for the replacement of FBI Director James Comey. This was after Trump had fired Comey.
McCabe states: “The president began to talk about how upset he was that Jim Comey had flown home on his government plane from Los Angeles. He wanted to know how that happened. At this, the president flew off the handle. That’s not right! I don’t approve of that! That’s wrong! He reiterated his point five or seven times.”
In this same meeting with the President, McCabe talks of an exchange between him and the president about his wife. The author states: “Finally, toward the very end of the conversation, he said, How is your wife? I said, She’s fine. He said, When she lost her election, that must have been tough to lose. I replied, I guess it’s tough to tough to lose anything. But she’s rededicated herself to her career and her job and taking care of kids in the emergency room. That’s what she does. He said, Yeah, and there was a tone in his voice that sounded like a sneer. He said, That must’ve been really tough. To lose. To be a loser.”
There is talk and discussion in this book about the invoking of the 25th Amendment for removing President Trump, and Rod Rosenstein offering to wear a “wire” in a clandestine way to record the President. All this sounds like a spy and espionage novel!
Perhaps most revealing and significant about this book is the fact that after FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump, McCabe indicates that he opened a criminal and counterintelligence investigation into if Trump had obstructed justice and if Trump had been acting as an asset for the Russian government. Judge for yourself and listen to McCabe’s interview on the radio show “Free Air” by clicking here.
Dennis Moore has been the Associate Editor of the East County Magazine in San Diego and he is the book review editor of SDWriteway, an online newsletter for writers in San Diego that has partnered with the East County Magazine. He is also the author of a book about Chicago politics. Mr. Moore can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can follow him on Twitter at: @DennisMoore8.
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Robert Mueller Report on Trump as a National Threat
Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC Andrew McCabe appeared to weigh in on the recently released Mueller report attached here.
Whistleblower Complaint against President Trump
To buttress and add perspective to McCabe's book, a whistleblower has made the attached complaint against President Trump, indicating that the President was attempting to sway or influence the upcoming election possibly involving former Vice President Joe Biden. See complaint here.
McCabe is a liar
Mueller Report indicates Trump told Don McGhan to Obstruct
You really do need to read the Mueller Report in its entirety, particularly the part about Trump telling the White House Counsel to lie. Also, you need to know that per Justice Department policy they can not indict a sitting President, thereby leaving it up to Congress. In regard to the "No Collusion, as Mueller specifically explained it in his report, collusion is not in the lexicon of Justice Department terms, but conspiracy is.
Most troubling and under reported:
The report and testimony before Congress by intelligence officials has made clear that Russia clearly tried to interfere with the election including hacking into some election systems, hacking emails, etc. Congress allocated funds to beef up security before the next election but the Trump administration has not spent that money. Why?
The answer appears obvious: Trump benefitted from Russia's interference, whether or not he personally conspired. We should all be gravely concerned about a president who doesn't care if a foreign power is hacking our election systems,which goes to the core of our democratic processes. Even if he was innocent of conspiring, he should clearly spend the money Congress allocated to do everything possible to prevent foreign interference in our elections. This is what eveyone should be demanding, whether you voted for Trump or not.
Fiona Hill Impeachment Transcript
The recent and attached transcript of Fiona Hill testifying before the House Intelligence Committee seems to give the most explicit indication of an abuse of power. See here.
Andrew McCabe files lawsuit implicating President Trump
Andrew McCabe filed a federal lawsuit just today against Attorney General Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray, implicating President Trump. Lawsuit attached here.
Peter Strzok file lawsuit implicating President Trump
Former Special Agent for the FBI Peter Strzok filed a federal lawsuit this week against Attorney General Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray implicating President Trump. See lawsuit here.
Obama is no longer in office.
His administration should have done more to prevent Russian interference. But going forward, the current Trump administration is responsible for overseeing the next election. It's not partisan to say that things should improve. For your information I've won national awards for writing about election integrity isssues in the past, and found plenty to criticize with presidents and other elected officials in multilpe parties.
If you really live in El Cajon, you would know that we were the strongest media voice investigating the misdeeds of Councilman Kalasho, who was a Democrat when elected. Our obligation is to the truth, not to any party or politician.
We've interviewed many conservative politicians including Mayor Wells, several times, as well las other Councilmembers, our Supervisor, Assembly and State Senate members over the years, many of them multiple times.
And yes we have reviewed conservative books including one authored by Trump in the past.
"Articles of Impeachment"
We finally have gotten to this, the attached Articles of Impeachment.
Stop twisting truth.
We have never editorialized about any candidate. There was no "praising" of Kalasho. In the 2013 race we ran articles on all candidates and even hosted a debate with all who showed up. Our coverage was as nonpartisan and unbiased as you could get. You're entitled to your views but not making things up.
Similarly we did not editorialize on Trump and there are no retractions needed. We published news reports based on facts available at the time. The Mueller report did result in many guilty pleas and convictions of Trump's inner circle. While Mueller could not prove collusion, we still do not know definitively if it occurred or not since Trump himself and some others refused to do interviews with the special prosecutor. We did report on the special prosecutor's findings. What's most important going forward is preventing future Russian hacking.
The tangled web is visible, one only has to look.
Hunter is indicted on criminal charges!
Of course that's going to be reported on, and our coverage was no different than other major media outlets not only locally but nationally. His attack ads on Campa-Najjar were rated five Pinnochios by the Washington Post for containing provably lies. We would be remiss if we did not report such things.
I defy you to find a major credible news outlet locally that had more positive stories on Hunter than Campa-Najjar. When one candidate is tainted by scandals of his own making, as was the case with Hunter and with Kalasho, it is media's job to report it. The same can be said in primary races where both are the same party but one has a mountain of controversies or scandals. It is not our job to whitewash anyone nor to promote anyone. Perhaps you should direct your dissastisfication to the candidates whose own actions caused whatever negative publicity they received.
You've yet to site a single "opinion" reported as fact. We have never done that. At times we may quote someone giving their opinion in interviews with our media outlet or other media outlets, but that is always identified as that person's opinion, not fact.
Let's start here,
That was in the comments section, and was about Manafort
Who is now serving prison time on charges including conspiring against the United States of America.
Manafort DID plead guilty to conspiracy against the U.S.
in his final round of charges. The Washington Post reported it in March: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/paul-manafort-faces-se.... Your article was from 2018 and only included earlier charges.
And another thing,
I've read it....
Reasons why Andrew McCabe considers Trump a threat
Darryl, I look forward to reading your book "This Day in Comedy", but meanwhile this issue with McCabe considering our President a threat to our nation is uppermost on my mind. The attached radio interview of McCabe says it all here.
The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror
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Great book review Dennis - as always
I've read the book,maybe JD should too. McCabes record in the FBI is impressive, working on the Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb NY subways, and the Bengazi attack and the Clintons. Carole, it's $14.99 on Kindle.