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Thomas Gallatin / Mar. 19, 2018

Sessions Fires McCabe, Twitter Storm Ensues

Former FBI director blames Trump, while Trump once again blasts Mueller investigation as a witch hunt.

Following the FBI’s own disciplinary recommendations, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe hours before he was slated for official retirement, precluding him from receiving full retirement benefits after a 21-year career with the agency. McCabe had taken leave from the bureau in January, meaning he was technically still an employee — until Friday. Announcing his decision, Sessions stated, “Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.” Sessions added, “McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.” In other words, Sessions fired McCabe for lying.

Following the decision, McCabe, who had remained largely silent since he took his terminal leave, lashed out, “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.” McCabe then pivoted and blamed President Donald Trump, revealing his own political bias: “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.”

Trump followed up the news of McCabe’s dismissal by tweeting, “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”

And then the Twitter floodgates opened. Former FBI Director Comey weighed in with a tease for his upcoming tell-all book by which the American people “can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.” Then former CIA Director John Brennan Twitter-blasted Trump, “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”

Not to be outdone, Trump then once again hammered Robert Mueller’s special investigation, stating that it “should have never been started,” as there was no evidence and no crime committed. It was a “witch hunt” based on a “fake dossier” paid for by Hillary Clinton.

While the Twitter salvos fly back and forth, it is now more clear than ever that members of Barack Obama’s Justice Department were highly politicized and were determined to resist Trump’s presidency. Now at least two, Comey and McCabe, have been exposed and removed for their failure to be honest. It appears that they engaged in subterfuge in order at the very least to limit Trump’s ability to effectively govern, with the hope of eventually seeing him removed from office. Finally, contrary to both Comey and McCabe’s assertion that Trump is responsible for smearing the FBI’s reputation, the fact is those two are most guilty for dragging down the agency’s good name. In reality, Trump has been effective in exposing the depth of corruption that exists within the DC Swamp.

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