The mainstream media will paint the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as a politically-motivated hit job, but it isn’t one.
Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions acted on a recommendation from the FBI’s Office Of Professional Responsibility --- their version of an internal affairs office --- that McCabe be fired less than two days before his official retirement (he’s been on leave since January). The recommendation came after they were provided with allegations of his misconduct from the Inspector General’s office. For such a high-level official to be fired after 21 years of service suggests that his transgressions are considered extremely serious. Indeed, the accusation that he deceived the Inspector General while under oath seems awfully similar to the charges made against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. No one in the mainstream media is crying for Flynn, who, according to his questioners, willingly submitted to an interview without a lawyer present and may not even have lied.
McCabe has put out a statement that no doubt will be trumpeted by CNN and MSNBC, reading in part: “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 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.”
Au contraire. Though McCabe had enjoyed a longtime reputation for high ethical standards, after he got to the “seventh floor,” he undermined his own credibility in many ways, not the least of which was the one he was ostensibly fired for. If anyone has tainted the FBI, it is he and his cohorts who were using their positions as “intelligence professionals” to MEDDLE WITH OUR ELECTION. (Who needs Russia to meddle when we’ve got our own high-level bureaucrats to do it?) The IG has no doubt had an opportunity to assess the performance of McCabe and the others who were doing this and will be issuing massive reports soon. Here’s just a sampling of McCabe’s transgressions –- a few that we know so far:
He is found to have lied to the IG.
He allowed two FBI officials to leak to the media about the ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
He failed to disclose the huge conflict of interest resulting from his wife’s Hillary-connected campaign contributions, and then he stalled in recusing himself from the Hillary investigation.
He apparently conspired with Peter Strzok and Lisa Page on the “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of office.
He was one of the officials tweaking the memo absolving Hillary Clinton of mishandling classified emails before she had even been interviewed.
He knew about the specific political origin of the Steele “dossier” but didn’t disclose it to the FISA court.
Like fired FBI Director James Comey, McCabe sounds enormously self-righteous in his own defense. He’s claiming to have been “singled out,” but he doesn’t have much of a case. It turns out that the FBI has terminated 19 employees for “lack of candor” since March of 2017. None of them were even under oath at the time. McCabe just happens to be the most high-profile one.
Predictably, Democrats are already saying this firing shows the President is obstructing justice, even though this was something handled internally at the FBI. McCabe will undoubtedly try to turn this into a partisan war in order to avoid prosecution and regain his pension. He’ll say the timing was suspect, but it seems to have had more to do with the timing of the IG reports. Sure the President wanted him gone –- with good reason –-but he did NOT cause it. Lots of people, including some lower-level FBI agents whose expressions of frustration have been conveyed to reporters, thought McCabe should go.
Some are saying this is “a sad day for the country.” It isn’t one. A little of the murk just got drained out of the swamp, that’s all, and there’s a lot more to go. The news of McCabe’s firing comes on the same day we learn of more texts between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in which they talk about setting up cocktails or a “dinner party” with a newly-appointed FISA judge, Rudolph Contreras, who happened to be a friend of Strzok. Judge Contreras presided in the Michael Flynn case but recused himself with no explanation--- after Flynn pleaded guilty.
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