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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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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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