JOHN RANSOM: The $467,500 McCabe question

April 4, 2018

JOHN RANSOM: The $467,500 McCabe question

As Americans grow increasingly frustrated with political elites on the right, the left, and in the media, those elites continue to show how out of touch they really are.

This week, the Washington Post carried an op-ed from Jill McCabe, the wife of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, denying the allegations that there was anything nefarious about the $467,500 her campaign got from long-time Clinton pal and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s PAC while her husband served as the number two guy at the FBI.

And she’s outraged! — along with a lot of other DC insiders — that Trump has impugned her.

“Andrew’s involvement in the Clinton investigation came not only after the contributions were made to my campaign but also after the race was over,” she wrote in outrage.

To recap: Jill McCabe, wife of the number two guy at the FBI, took the money while running for the Virginia Senate, (probably) prior to the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of private email while working for the government.

Whether the contribution was nefarious or not, it looks bad to those of us in the bleacher seats.

The timing of the donations makes it unlikely that the money was a direct payoff for Andrew McCabe guiding the Clinton email investigation to a conclusion that did not result in criminal charges.

I use the qualifying words “probably” and “unlikely” above because we really don’t know when the people in the know knew what we know now: Clinton used private email during her entire tenure as Secretary of State, and somehow the White House, the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Department of State’s own security, the CIA, and the NSA were unaware of it for the four years she served as Secretary of State and the three years afterward.

It took hackers dumping her emails publicly on the internet for America to find out at least some of the truth.

How exactly did that happen?

In light of that unanswered question, I think most Americans would agree that a half a million dollars of cash to the campaign of the wife of a top national law enforcement official subsequently charged with investigating that question might, at the very least, affect the objectivity of the investigation whether the money came before, during or after the McCabe campaign.

The FBI’s own Inspector General, an Obama appointee, found sufficient evidence of bungling by McCabe in the Clinton investigation that he recommended McCabe be terminated.

While Trump may have exaggerated a bit in saying that Jill McCabe got the money as a quid pro quo for exoneration of Hillary, only in Washington would people not see how such transactions undermine the fragile faith that we have in our institutions.

There are a lot of unanswered questions in the minds of fair-minded outsiders about how Bill Clinton and the head of the Justice Department, which supervises the FBI, came to meet on an airport tarmac alone on the eve of the FBI’s major announcement in the case; why Andrew McCabe helped soften the language in the original FBI statement about the Clinton abuse of email; why no one knew about the serious breach of security for seven years.

How did we get such a corrupt, venal, amoral people, both Republican and Democrat, to rule over us?

That’s the $467,500 question.

The political elites on the right, the left and in the media are the only ones who don’t see it.


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John Ransom

John Ransom is a politics and economics writer and editor with offices in Washington DC and Singapore. Previously he was a regular contributor to the Daily Caller and Finance Editor at His work has appeared on The,, the LA Business Journal, and other outlets. Ransom has appeared with Steve Forbes on the Money Show, Fox Business with Stuart Varney and Charles Payne, and regularly hosted his own syndicated radio show in 25 cities on the Wall Street Business Network, a Salem Network.