Andrew McCabe and “Pleading The Fifth”
From the Gateway Pundit:
On Monday, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe refused to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the IG report’s findings on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.
McCabe invoked his 5th Amendment rights on Monday after failing to receive immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Andrew McCabe is pleading the 5th Amendment, after being denied immunity from prosecution. The applicable part of the 5th Amendment is: “nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself”.
It is fair to assume that someone requesting immunity from prosecution has something to hide; something that might, if disclosed in court, open them up to potential criminal prosecution. By asserting his 5th Amendment Rights, Andrew McCabe is basically admitting that he is potentially liable to criminal prosecution.
I refuse to answer, on the grounds that my testimony might tend to incriminate me. Is a phrase that is sometimes used when invoking the 5th Amendment.
We all have the Right to not “be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself”. It is true, however, that when asserting the 5th Amendment, that you are guilty of something, since you are not being compelled to testify against yourself.
What is Andrew McCabe guilty of? By asserting his 5th Amendment Rights, Andrew McCabe is admitting guilt of something, but refuses to testify against himself. (Why else would he refuse to testify?)
Before he was fired, Andrew McCabe served as the Deputy Director of the FBI; the number two position in the hierarchy of the FBI. The FBI is a law enforcement agency of the Federal Government. That the number two man in the FBI is now pleading the 5th Amendment is a disgrace.
And he had the gall to complain that he was being fired unjustly!
The arrogance of these people is astounding.
It should be noted that former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch were invited to testify before the Senate Committee but were “no shows”. Why is it that those both former and present higher ups in the FBI and Justice Department are stonewalling investigations? What are they hiding?
The Inspector General released his report on the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Why were the agents and lawyers not named, but given aliases, such as Agent 1 and Agent 2? Why aren’t we, the American people, given the information? Again, what are they hiding?
It is long past time for FBI Director Wray and Attorney General Sessions to come clean and produce the unredacted documents the various committees in the House and Senate have demanded, and for those documents to be released to the American public. That they may embarrass some, and incriminate others, is not an excuse for hiding them from us.
It is time to clean house! It is time to treat the American people with respect! No more coverups! That the esteem of both the Department of Justice and the FBI is at an all time low, is a result of the coverups going on. Those honest, hardworking individuals in both departments who are not part of this coverup, are being defamed by the corruption and/or incompetence of the higher ups.
Do your jobs, Wray and Sessions! If you are not capable of doing your jobs, then step aside, resign, and let capable people do them for you.