A while back, epistemic closure of the Republican mind was all the rage. It’s worth remembering that whatever bubble the GOP lived in, the Trump team exists in an even tighter bubble, so when I read this in the Politico, it makes sense to me that Sanders is not lying:
It’s entirely possible that they heard from a lot of agents that were disgruntled with Comey. The very same agents in the rogue NY office:
Back in August, during a contentious CNN interview about Comey’s July announcement clearing Hillary Clinton of criminal charges, Giuliani advertised his illicit FBI sources, who circumvented bureau guidelines to discuss a case with a public partisan. “The decision perplexes me. It perplexes Jim Kallstrom, who worked for him. It perplexes numerous FBI agents who talk to me all the time. And it embarrasses some FBI agents.”
Kallstrom is the former head of the New York FBI office, installed in that post in the ’90s by then-FBI director Louis Freeh, one of Giuliani’s longtime friends. Kallstrom has, like Giuliani, been on an anti-Comey romp for months, most often on Fox, where he’s called the Clintons as a “crime family.” He has been invoking unnamed FBI agents who contact him to complain about Comey’s exoneration of Clinton in one interview after another, positioning himself as an apolitical champion of FBI values.
Last October, after President Obama told 60 Minutes that the Clinton emails weren’t a national security issue, Megyn Kelly interviewed Kallstrom on Fox. “You know a lot of the agents involved in this investigation,” she said. “How angry must they be tonight?”
“I know some of the agents,” said Kallstrom. “I know some of the supervisors and I know the senior staff. And they’re P.O.’d, I mean no question. This is like someone driving another nail in the coffin of the criminal justice system.”
Remember, Giuliani was in DC at Trump’s request. It’s entirely possible and plausible that team Trump has little or no contact with agents in DC, but have an entire pipeline of communication from the NY sleeper cell. And it is going to get worse with McCabe going to the hill to day and crapping all over Trump’s lies.
Expect McCabe to be the recipient of a vicious smear job over the next couple of weeks and be dismissed once Trump has his crony installed to replace Comey.