President Trump fires FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe days before Retirement

March 16th is the day word was out that the deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe was fired just a few days before his planned retirement. Aside from the President’s habit of informing the public through the social media app known as Twitter, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a statement as well quoting that, “…concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an authorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions.”

These accusations were based of the fact that McCabe had ties with a certain Wall Street Journalist in 2016. McCabe’s actions and lack of candor according to Sessions, “The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability,” Sessions goes on to say, “…’all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.”

When the decision reached out to dismiss McCabe of his active duties as FBI deputy director, McCabe immediately had made a statement regarding his termination. McCabe said, “The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked,” McCabe goes on to say, “and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.”

McCabe felt that he was being ‘singled out’ after his past actions and the aftermath of what he witnessed after the firing of James Comey. McCabe believed that is was the president who was after him and wanted to ruin his reputation along with removing him from his current position AND strip him of his 22 years of pension for working with the FBI. McCabe set to retire on March 19th and had announced his retirement from the bureau back in January of 2018. McCabe’s wife, Jill was involved with the Hillary Clinton campaign and had also ran for a seat in the state legislative in Virginia as a Democrat; this was what Republicans called, ‘a conflict of interest.’

President Trump fired allegations against McCabe once before back in 2016 via Twitter, questioning why Sessions did has not fired him and labeled McCabe as ‘a Comey friend.’ Comey was in charge of the Clinton investigations but was terminated shortly after he resigned the case. The OPR or Office of Professional Responsibility wanted McCabe to be terminated for his contact with a Wall Street Journal reporter and because he had given out an unauthorized publication the news. In McCabe’s follow-up statement he described the events happening, “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 and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes, “McCabe said, “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 my behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ (Department of Justice) opposed.”

McCabe told the public that his contact with the Wall Street Journalist was not a secret and that other FBI agents had known about this which included at the time Director Comey. McCabe also made comments in which he believes that he was targeted to be part of a “larger effort” to “taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally…”

McCabe also made statements regarding the president’s tweets, and his lawyers make notice that attacks on the former FBI deputy director have been coming from the White House since last summer of 2017. His attorney, Michael Bromwich stated, “This intervention of by the White House in the DOJ disciplinary process is unprecedented deeply unfair, and dangerous.” You can read full article and know how to handle such insatances legally.

Bromwich also recognized that the process of McCabe’s termination was rushed which did not give essential timing for him and McCabe to access the time needed review and analyze the evidence which was presented against him to prepare a counter-response. McCabe although feeling that this whole situation was conjured up against him in a personal attack still remained hopeful. He commented, “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,” he goes on to say, “You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing – protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution.”

 

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