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Disgraced McCabe says FBI ‘never really uncovered’ motive behind congressional baseball shooting

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lauded Biden‘s Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s new strategy to combat domestic terrorism on CNN Tuesday, stating that ‘racially motivated, ethnically motivated extremists’ are the most serious threat in the nation. The new strategy by Garland has been criticized by opponents, who contend the Justice Department is expanding its powers to weaponize its tools of investigation for political purposes.

During Garland’s announcement, the attorney general mentioned the congressional baseball shooting, that nearly took the life of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, as a recent example of a Democratic supporter being politically motivated toward violence against Republicans.

It is here that McCabe switched course. McCabe, who was fired in March, 2018, for lying multiple times to the the DOJ’s Inspector General’s investigators about his role in the Russia investigation into President Trump, then went on to cover up the FBI’s failure to resolve the investigation into the shooting that targeted Republican members in 2017.

McCabe, who became a CNN contributor after spreading the Russia hoax theory, said he thought the mention of the shooting was significant, but said Garland’s example was deft. He noted that while he was acting FBI director in 2017 during the time of the shooting, the bureau didn’t uncover the assailant’s motives. All this, despite the fact that the shooter openly asked if the baseball players practicing were Republicans before opening fire on the teams.

Moreover, the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, had a long record of posting anti- Republican social media posts. The 66-year-old gunman was ultimately killed in a shootout with police in Alexandria, Virginia. He seriously injured Scalise and four others.

Hodgkinson wrote several months before the shooting on Facebook that “Republicans are the Taliban of the USA.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Kamala Harris Loses Two More Staffers

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Two more staffers are reportedly leaving their jobs in Vice President Kamala Harris’ office, according to the Washington Post. The news comes just after Harris’ chief spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, announced her departure.

“Symone Sanders, the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, is expected to leave the White House at the end of the year, according to five administration officials familiar with the matter,” Politico reported.

In addition to Sanders, “Peter Velz, director of press operations, and Vince Evans, deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the vice president’s office, have also told others in the vice president’s office that they are leaving, according to two administration officials,” the Washington Post reported.

Earlier this week, Sanders officially announced her departure in a note to the Vice President’s team.

“I’m so grateful to the VP for her vote of confidence from the very beginning and the opportunity to see what can be unburdened by what has been. I’m grateful for [Harris chief of staff] Tina [Flournoy] and her leadership and her confidence as well,” Sanders wrote. “Every day, I arrived to the White House complex knowing our work made a tangible difference for Americans. I am immensely grateful and will miss working for her and with all of you.”

The news comes just weeks after Harris’ communications director Ashley Etienne filed her resignation.

“Ashley is a valued member of the vice president’s team, who has worked tirelessly to advance the goals of this administration,” a White House official stated. “She is leaving the office in December to pursue other opportunities.”

“Harris’ office has been beset by disorder, bad press, and, at times, internal frictions,” Politico reported, adding, “ … in recent weeks, chatter has grown increasingly loud that Harris wasn’t positioned well to be Biden’s heir apparent in 2028 or, if he opts not to run again, in 2024.”

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