There’s a new report by the Axios website, claiming that embattled (and rightly so) Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was not fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions only because FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign if he were fired, setting off a media firestorm.
First of all, I am immediately suspicious of any story citing anonymous sources inside the Trump White House. Also any story that claims Trump didn’t do something out of fear that the media would attack him, which is a given, 24/7, no matter what he does.
But McCabe should have been removed or resigned long ago, if only for the appearance of impropriety of him being involved in the investigations of Hillary’s emails or Trump’s campaign after his wife’s Democratic Congressional campaign received $700,000 from a political fund run by longtime Clinton crony, Terry McAuliffe (he claims he only became involved after she lost, so there was no conflict of interest). The revelation in private FBI texts (you know, the ones that haven’t been “lost”) of a meeting in “Andy’s office” (presumably McCabe’s) where there were alleged discussions of an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency should have put the final coffin nail in his FBI career.
But only under Trump could the media accuse the President of trying to obstruct justice by firing people who seemed to be conspiring to obstruct justice themselves. At least McCabe is set to retire in March, and like so many before him who have been suspected of abusing power, he’ll reach the finish line with a full pension provided by taxpayers.
Meanwhile, Democrats continue their latest ridiculous charge against Republicans, that in questioning the ever-more-obvious and odious activism at the top levels of the FBI, Republicans are showing disrespect for rank-and-file federal law enforcement officers. I, and most other Republicans, have the highest regard for the honest, hard-working career agents of the FBI. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to hear reports this week that they are privately expressing even more fury than I am at the abuse, politicization and rank unprofessionalism of the partisan hacks who have been running their agency over the past few years, and who have consequently run its spotless reputation into the mud.