Oh man, the extreme irritation that President Trump is gloating over Andrew McCabe’s firing is palpable. The DailyKos writers are in a tizzy, madly pounding their keyboards in impotent rage over the fact that Donald Trump finally “got the better” of the deep state.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions pulled the trigger on FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Friday night. But there was little doubt about who gave the order. And soon after the firing, that man was tweeting his gloat for all to see:
The ostensible reason for that firing just hours before the 21-year veteran would have been eligible for his full pension benefit was that he had not been forthcoming about a conversation he okayed between FBI officials and journalists.
That accusation is found in a yet-to-be-released internal report by the bureau’s inspector general’s office. In it, according to unnamed sources who have seen it, McCabe is criticized for lacking candor in interviews with those investigators regarding his actions related to a report by The Wall Street Journal, in October 2016 about disagreements between the FBI and the Department of Justice Department regarding an investigation into the Clinton family’s foundation. McCabe authorized a bureau spokesperson and lawyer to speak to the newspaper to respond to allegations that McCabe had dragged his feet on the investigation into the foundation.
FBI disciplinary officers had recommended firing McCabe. But the action itself was carried out under highly politicized circumstances and had all the appearance of a vendetta being fulfilled given the timing that impacts McCabe’s pension.
McCabe has denied the accusations against him, and after the firing, issued a lengthy, fiery statement in which he made his own accusation:
“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,” McCabe wrote, adding that this is all “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,” McCabe continued in his statement. “Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”
They act as if the situation will be getting better for Andrew McCabe as he lawyers up, except for all the corruption and stuff.
The Kos writer continued:
“He has also lawyered up, according to Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast:
Andrew McCabe, formerly the deputy director of the FBI, has lawyered up. Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group confirmed to The Daily Beast that he is representing McCabe for the purposes of the matter that led to his firing. […]
The Washington Post previously reported the news of Bromwich hire. Bromwich, who has been representing McCabe for several weeks, was formerly the inspector general of the Justice Department.
Why would the alleged slander be directed at McCabe?
Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman write:
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.
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.
Aaron Blake at The Washington Post notes that the firing may be giving glee to Pr*sident Trump, but it could come back to bite him by spurring McCabe to make public things he knows that he might not otherwise have done.”