aside Former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe’s Words Regarding His Firing

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ANDREW MCCABE

The following words by the former FBI’s Acting Director Andrew McCabe’s subsequent to his being subjected to a presidential firing within 48 hours of his being able to retire with his pension benefits. (Source: DailyKos)

HERE’S THE RESPONSE:

I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.

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For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The president’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about it.

No more.

The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau and to make it clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

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The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the same type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.

But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

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GUESS WHO’S NEXT

Here is the reality: 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. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.

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I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I have always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was prevailed to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.

I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.

11 comments

  1. The a-hole that took this action against a man who was TWO DAYS from retirement has once again proved himself to be a worthless, self-centered piece of SH __! What possible difference would it have made to take this action after March 18th? No need to answer. The bigly prick had to make his point so all the world — and especially his deplorable supporters — would see him as the Big Man that he likes to think he is … but will never be.

    Sorry, Gronda, for my “bad language” but this is so upsetting it’s difficult for me to speak in measured tones.

  2. Dear Nan,

    Many of us are very upset. No one likes to see a decent hard working civil servant being treated unfairly. I am suspicious of the speed of this action as the normal process takes much longer. This was rushed for a reason and I am not buying any of the talking point reasons.

    I’ll start by believing Mr. McCabe.

    Hugs, Gronda

  3. Wow, this is so mean and vindictive. Mr McCabe should turn the tables and file a lawsuit against Trump for unjustified dismissal days before retirement. I’m sure the jury will have a different take on this situation!

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      This targeting of a civil servant by the US president is not going down well by the American peoples with the exception of those in the president’s base.

      People’s see the unfairness. He does have a lawyer. He can make a tell-all book by which he could make millions. There are those who’ll figure out a way to help him.

      He may actually have done wrong but the speed of the process for him to seek redress, fairness was almost non-existent. In a bureaucracy like the FBI, this is definitely unprecedented.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. Nice going Don…. Angering the FBI community and being so blatantly spiteful and immature.
    You are doing such a good job for the opposition, sometimes they must feel it’s like Christmas and Birthday’s all rolled into one.

    • Dear Roger,

      There is irony here. The period of time that Mr. McCabe is in trouble for, is that the FBI had been wanting to extend an investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s foundation based on a Breitbart book “Clinton Cash,” a book laden with conspiracy theories where the vast majority of allegations have been debunked by numerous credible fact checking entities. This was a big deal as the big brass had to explain to these guys that they were not about to prosecute a case based on a book full of holes and where they had not already found some evidence.

      The point is that many of the agents were pro-Trump and definitely anti-Clinton. In short, President Trump has made enemies of the agents who were once upon a time, supporters.

      This has legs because I am suspicious that this is why Mr. Comey did that October surprise letter that was the final nail in Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy. Mr. McCabe had to deliver the news to these FBI agents that the Department of Justice was nixing any further investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

      Hugs, Gronda

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