aside Breaking: FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe Was Fired On March 16, 2018

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The republican President Donald J. Trump has gotten his pound of flesh. I do not know if there is any validity to the report by the Justice Department that the Acting Director Andrew McCabe had acted improperly during the Hillary Clinton investigation in 2016, but I’m convinced that the speed by which this 21 year civil servant was fired which is unprecedented from the point of a very recent review reports by the Justice Department’s Inspector General and the Office of Personal Responsibility spells just one thing, this was a politically motivated firing.

This action was wrong on so many levels. The president has been hounding this FBI dedicated servant for months before he was fired literally hours before he was due to resign. He will not be entitled to receive the pension that was due him.

Because Mr. McCabe was most likely to be a key witness in the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe, it makes me suspicious that the president was strongly motivated to discredit any testimony he would share in the future. I am certain that Mr. McCabe will not go quietly into that good night. (See: Fired FBI Deputy Director McCabe’s statement – Reuters)

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Here’s the rest of the story…

On March 16, 2018, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman of the New York Times penned the following report, “Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions”

Excerpts:

“Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump’s scorn, was fired Friday after the Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected an appeal that would have let him retire this weekend.”

“Mr. McCabe promptly declared that his firing, and Mr. Trump’s persistent needling, were intended to undermine the special counsel’s investigation in which he is a potential witness.”

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“Mr. McCabe is accused in a yet-to-be-released internal report of failing to be forthcoming about a conversation he authorized between F.B.I. officials and a journalist.”

“In a statement released late Friday, Mr. Sessions said that Mr. McCabe had shown a lack of candor under oath on multiple occasions.”“The F.B.I. expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and accountability,” he said. “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

“In an interview, Mr. McCabe was blunt. “The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” he said, adding, “This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness.”

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“F.B.I. disciplinary officials recommended his dismissal. Mr. McCabe, who stepped down in January and took a leave of absence, denied the accusation and appealed this week to senior career officials in the Justice Department.”

“Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop.”

“Mr. McCabe was among the first at the F.B.I. to scrutinize possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. And he is a potential witness to the question of whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice. Mr. Trump has taunted Mr. McCabe both publicly and privately, and Republican allies have cast him as the center of a “deep state” effort to undermine the Trump presidency.”

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“As a witness, Mr. McCabe would be in a position to corroborate the testimony of the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, who kept contemporaneous notes on his conversations with Mr. Trump. Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump prodded him to publicly exonerate the president on the question of Russian collusion and encouraged him to shut down an investigation into his national security adviser.”

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“Since President Trump’s inauguration, staffers of the White House and federal agencies have left in firings and resignations, one after the other.”

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“In a statement released by his lawyers, Mr. McCabe said his firing was part of Mr. Trump’s “ongoing war on the F.B.I.” and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. He said he answered questions truthfully in the internal investigation and contacted investigators to correct the record when he believed they misunderstood him.”

“I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey,” he said.”

“Mr. McCabe, a 21-year F.B.I. veteran, was eligible for a government pension if he retired on Sunday (3/18/18). The firing jeopardizes that benefit, though it was not immediately clear how much he might lose.”

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“Mr. McCabe was the F.B.I.’s second in command during one of the most tumultuous periods in the bureau’s history. He oversaw investigations into both the Trump campaign and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server — and he dealt with the fallout from both. He became the acting F.B.I. director after the sudden firing of his boss, Mr. Comey, and he publicly contradicted the White House on national television over whether Mr. Comey had lost the support of rank-and-file F.B.I. agents.”

“Since then, Mr. Trump has repeatedly singled him out for public attack, suggesting that he helped protect Mrs. Clinton from prosecution during the 2016 presidential campaign. As evidence, he pointed to the fact that Mr. McCabe’s wife, Jill, ran as a Democrat for a State Senate seat in Virginia and received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a political committee run by Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons.”

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“As recently as Thursday, even as the White House said it left Mr. McCabe’s fate in Mr. Sessions’s hands, officials there left little doubt where the president stood. “It is well documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and by most accounts a bad actor,” said the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.”

“Mrs. McCabe lost her race and Mr. McCabe was later promoted to deputy director, where he oversaw the investigation into Mrs. Clinton. No charges were filed in that case, and Mr. Trump has pointed to the donations to Mrs. McCabe’s campaign as evidence of F.B.I. bias.”

“Mr. McCabe, working through the F.B.I. press office, authorized a spokesman and a bureau lawyer to speak with The Journal in order to rebut allegations that Mr. McCabe had slowed down the Clinton Foundation investigation. To the contrary, the article ultimately noted, Mr. McCabe had insisted that his agents had the authority to investigate the foundation, even if the Justice Department refused to authorize grand jury subpoenas.”

8 comments

  1. What a dirty thing to do. I hope McCabe writes a book. I also hope this gang is swept out of government. They’ve tarnished it by their disreputable actions time and time again. This is just the latest of these dark actions. This is truly a low mark for the U.S. Government. 😦 — Suzanne

    • Dear Suzanne,

      I couldn’t agree more. What a chilling message is being sent to FBI agents, like, See what happens if you divulge evidence counter to my interests.

      The president has totally politicized this law enforcement agency which is supposed to act independently.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Gronda, setting aside the so-called issues, this is extremely poor form. This ranks up there with publicly firing Comey and Tillerson before telling them such. This is vindictive plain and simple and is an excellent window into Trump’s lack of character. Ironically, these actions will hasten others to leave. Think about what happened yesterday morning – General Kelly had a meeting to tell folks no one is getting fired that day. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      You are right on point. The president’s vindictiveness and his pettiness are shining through to testify to his total lack of character and decency.

      Can you believe that there are those on the right who are cheering the president’s actions?

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Gronda, cognitive dissonance is powerful. Trump and his sycophants perpetuate a blown out of proportion story in an effort to show what he did is not so bad. We need people in the GOP summon what is left of their integrity and condemn the actions of this President.

        The country is fatigued by the never ending chaos created by this man. He may like to manage by chaos, but there are two givens. People do not like to be managed this way and his definition of chaos does not come close to the magnitude of chaos he creates. I would not work under these conditions and knowing what I knew well before his winning, I would not even entertain an offer from him. Keith

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