The late night firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was met with praise from the political right and vitriol from the political left. Allies of the Trump Administration praised the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in firing McCabe upon his reception of the Inspector General’s report and the OPR recommendations. The political left is still fuming from the Friday evening firing and have decided to take a position in blaming President Trump for a decision that he appears to have had nothing to do with.
Andrew McCabe was fired for issues pertaining to his conduct as an FBI agent. Below is an excerpt from Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ statement which sheds light on the reason behind McCabe’s ouster:
“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).”
“The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.”
The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is considered the “internal affairs” division of the agency. OPR is responsible for reviewing the conduct of FBI personnel and recommending disciplinary actions to be taken if investigatory findings suggest such measures. OPR is made up of Andrew McCabe’s rank-and-file peers and their recommendation carries a lot of weight. In this case Andrew McCabe was found to have lied under oath on multiple occasions as well as leaked classified materials to various members of the media. OPR and the Office of the Inspector General recommended the firing of Andrew McCabe, not President Trump.
White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also stated that the President would leave this decision solely up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who did in fact make the final decision on Friday evening to fire Andrew McCabe, Just two hours before his retirement benefits began. However FBI pensions are prorated so it’s unlikely that McCabe will be denied his entire pension of $1.9 million.
Through his lawyer, Andrew McCabe issued a statement in an effort to defend his character. Below is an excerpt:
“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.”
Andrew McCabe’s statement has already been found to contradict his former Director’s May 3, 2017 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Disgraced former Director of the FBI James Comey was questioned by Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about his knowledge regarding the authorization of leaks to the media regarding sensitive investigations:
GRASSLEY: And thank you for your opening statement. I’m going to start out probably with a couple subjects you wish I didn’t bring up, and then a third one that I think everybody needs to hear your opinion on on a policy issue. It is frustrating when the FBI refuses to answer this committee’s questions, but leaks relevant information to the media. In other words, they don’t talk to us, but somebody talks to the media.
Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?
GRASSLEY: Question two, relatively related, have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?
Andrew McCabe is either lying or James Comey perjured himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee. There cannot be any other possibilities here. OPR claims some of the information that McCabe is accused of leaking and lying about pertained to the Clinton e-mail investigation. McCabe, in his statement, claims that he transmitted information to the media with the Director’s knowledge however, James Comey testified above that he never had authorized anyone to make those leaks.
Then there comes the issue of McCabe’s memos. McCabe claimed to have taken down memos while meeting with President Trump and that he turned those memos over to the special counsel’s office. He will have a very difficult time trying to get any rational person to accept them as credible after he was fired from the FBI for lying.
To add more flames to the fire Sarah Carter, an investigative journalist for Circa News, has reported that numerous sources have claimed McCabe instructed them to “change their 302s.” Many of those sources are reported to be FBI agents that were lining up to air out their grievances pertaining to now disgraced former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Carter suggested if McCabe did request agents to alter their 302s, then that would constitute obstruction of justice. Carter added that the Office of the Inspector General was investigating the matter and if found to be true, McCabe would be fired.
An FBI 302 is the form FBI agents use to take notes when interviewing anyone on behalf of the bureau. These are the “memos” McCabe is referring to. It is unclear whether or not McCabe’s firing had anything to do with his alleged requests for agents to change their 302s however, we will find out for sure once the Inspector General’s report is released in the coming weeks. If McCabe did make these requests as alleged, then criminal charges should already be pending for the embattled former Deputy Director.
Firing Andrew McCabe was a necessity if the DOJ has criminal charges are pending. This could elude to the reason why the Inspector General’s report which McCabe’s firing was based on was fast-tracked to the Attorney General. Allowing a FBI Deputy Director who was found to have broken the law to retire with full benefits would not please the American people. Especially since the majority of Americans have realized that there is a two-tiered justice system designed to protect the political elite. A category which McCabe falls right into since his family holds such close ties to the Clintons, a reason many have argued should have triggered his recusal when it came to the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation. Which it did not.
McCabe ended his statement, “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.” Well, it appears the Inspector General did ask those around McCabe if he served his country with “honor and distinction” and it resulted in his dismissal. McCabe seems to be the second casualty in the FBI’s desire to purge the elitist executives who serve political interests over national security. Sources within the FBI are claiming that McCabe is the first in many more to come. Buckle up, things will get turbulent in the coming weeks.