Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe spent $70,000 in taxpayer dollars on a conference table, and the bureau tried to hide it from Congress.
According to The Federalist, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley requested documents regarding Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI love birds who were sending countless anti-Trump text messages on their government phones.
Strzok and Page had texted about the bureau spending inordinate amounts of taxpayer money on furniture, and the committee wanted to see reports on the FBI’s internal spending.
When the committee received the documents, they were filled with redactions and key information was blacked out.
In a letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Grassley revealed the FBI had redacted the cost of the table from a document he and his fellow members on the committee requested to see.
Grassley said a vast majority of the redactions in the documents made no sense and weren’t necessary to protect national security secrets.
It appears the bureau blacked out certain information so Congress wouldn’t see that McCabe spent $70,000 in taxpayer money on a table.
Here’s part of Grassley’s statement:
Congress, and the public, have a right to know how the Department spends taxpayer money. I am unaware of any legitimate basis on which the cost of a conference table should be redacted. Embarrassment is not a good enough reason. The manner in which some redactions have been used casts doubt on whether the remaining redactions are necessary and defensible.
Andrew McCabe Spent $70,000 On A Table. The FBI Hid It From Congress https://t.co/3WkTFHrhL6
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 24, 2018
The door was Ryan Zinke.
Point still stands.
Ben Carlson's silverware – HUGE story!
Zinke buys a door – MAJOR SCANDAL!
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) May 25, 2018
Andrew McCabe spent $70,000 in taxpayer money on an office conference table. The price was mentioned in one of Lisa Page's texts to Peter Strzok. The FBI redacted the number (probably from shame) when Congress demanded to see the texts. Aaand scene. https://t.co/GCuZPeKBzC pic.twitter.com/XwGjs3ui4t
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) May 24, 2018
Grassley’s letter is the latest in an ongoing fight between Congress and DOJ officials.
Earlier this year, the DOJ’s inspector general sent a criminal referral for McCabe to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C. The IG’s office revealed that McCabe was fired because he lied at least four times to DOJ investigators when questioned about leaking sensitive information to the media.
McCabe provided the information to The Wall Street Journal in October 2016 that downplayed the severity of the FBI’s investigations into Clinton’s private email server and the “pay-for-play” scheme at the Clinton Foundation.
Grassley said McCabe being a habitual liar coupled with the DOJ and FBI trying to hide the fact that he bought a $70,000 table raises a very serious question: what else are they lying about?