By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News March 17, 2018 Updated: 9:25 AM PT
In what has been an unprecedented number of shake ups in the Trump administration, has taken another turn after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, Friday.
The reason given for firing McCabe was the unauthorized disclosure of the Clinton investigation while it was ongoing, and not being truthful under oath during the investigation into his actions. McCabe said he was “Truthful” and President Trump is targeting him because he is a witness in the Mueller investigation.
The Trump administration and members of the GOP wanted McCabe fired because they believe McCabe tried to help Hillary Clinton, during the Presidential campaign, when in fact, he hurt her campaign.
A reporter accused the FBI of going soft on Clinton and closing the investigation, the FBI Public Affairs office responded with “The Clinton investigation is not closed because we believe there is more to be done.” McCabe authorized the statement.
The investigation of McCabe by the Office of Inspector General determined McCabe authorized someone in the FBI public affairs office to issue the statement, and that authorization was against department procedure.
This became an issue only after, McCabe testified publicly that he was a witness to the events that lead up to the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Trump, currently being investigated as obstruction of justice.
The President spent months criticizing McCabe, disparaging his character, insulting his wife, and in multiple twitter posts, calling for him to be fired. “When a President is attacking a civil servant on twitter, it is seen as the President instructing the Attorney General indirectly to, fire the person,” said a former federal prosecutor.
The Trump administration and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders made no secret of the fact, Atty. Gen. Sessions should fire McCabe, whom Sanders referred to as “a bad actor.”
The disciplinary process McCabe was subject to was concluded at lightening speed. He was interviewed one day and fired the next. The OIG report that determined McCabe violated agency procedure has not been made public and was still under review when he was fired. No independent source has determined if he did, and if the punishment of losing his career and pension proportionate to an agent responding to a journalist in the midst of an investigation.
The move to fire McCabe and placing his pension in jeopardy was seen as, petty and vindictive. He is a 21-year veteran and has had an exemplary career in the FBI. He was due to retire Sunday March 18, 2018 with full pension benefits, but, Atty. Gen. Sessions fired him at 10:00PM Friday March 16, 2018, less than 24 hours before his official retirement date.
Republican Bill Kristol an aide in the Reagan and Bush administration, and currently Editor-at-large of the weekly standard surmised, “Session may have felt he was in a bad situation and had to fire McCabe or he, would be fired by the President which could lead to the firing of Mueller.”
McCabe was to be a witness in the Mueller investigation against President Trump. Political insiders and analysts believe the entire investigation, and firing of McCabe, was to discredit him and his testimony against the President, for obstruction of justice and collusion with Russia’s interfering in the U.S. Presidential election.
A fiery statement McCabe released to the media, illustrates the frustration over sessions decision to fire him.
Statement released by Fmr. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe:
“I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.
For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The president’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about it.
The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. 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. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. 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 behalf of the Bureau and to make it clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.
The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the same type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.
But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.
Here is the reality: 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. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President.
The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.
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. 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.
I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I have always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the misty of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was prevailed to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.
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.”