The termination of Andrew McCabe has the left wing in an absolute emotional mess.
LA TImes: After McCabe’s firing, all signs point to Trump trying to end Mueller’s investigation
Mr. Contempt of Congress wailed about the cruelty:
Analyze McCabe firing on two levels: the substance and the timing. We don’t know enough about the substance yet. The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here. This is dangerous
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 17, 2018
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley dramatically likened the firing of McCabe to the “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Nixon administration.
“This’ll be known as the ‘Friday Night Slaughter,’” Brinkley told CNN. “The very idea that Jeff Sessions hasn’t released something to inform the public of what this is, it was done in sort of a cloak of secrecy late at night, bizarre fashion. The fact that he was about to have his pension and they couldn’t let it go.”
Gloat now, but you will be fired soon. And it’s not going to be done cowardly, as you’ve done to so many who’ve served you. There’s a storm gathering, Mr. President, and it’s going to wipe out you and your corrupt organization all the way down to the studs. https://t.co/I0UlNAlwxI
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) March 17, 2018
Different possible motivations may be ascribed to these distraught outbursts. Either they’re crass and dishonest or they are ignorant, because like it or not, here are the facts:
- McCabe had been under investigation since before the election
- The Inspector General of the DOJ, Mike Horowitz, was appointed by Barack Obama
- The head of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, Robin Ashton, was appointed by Eric Holder (corrected)
- McCabe violated the Cardinal Rule of the FBI- lack of candor
The firing, however, was based on the recommendation of a career FBI official under current FBI Director Chris Wray and was justified because the FBI has a zero tolerance for lying under oath. In fact, there are many examples of the rank and file in the FBI losing their jobs and retirement benefits for violating these high standards.
If a different standard is applied at the most senior levels, the FBI is lost. So while this is a sad day, the action taken demonstrates that the dedicated men and women of the FBI will accept no lower standards, regardless of your rank or status.
Make no mistake, this was not a political decision forced by President Trump or any external party. The recommendation to fire McCabe came from the FBI’s own Office of Professional Responsibility, led by FBI Assistant Director Candice Will, who has been in her position since her appointment by then-Director Robert Mueller in 2004.
In other words this was the FBI itself recommending to the attorney general that – based on well- established precedent – one of their own should be fired for not meeting the high standards of integrity expected of an FBI employee.
FBI disciplinary actions are based on facts and precedent from hundreds of cases that have been built up over many decades. These precedents are followed carefully in order to ensure consistency in FBI disciplinary actions.
The bottom line is, as Assistant Director Will has stated, “if you lie you are gone.” So far from being a political decision, this is the FBI sending a strong and consistent message to its agents and support staff.
And thus when I read this accusation from my home state Senator Dick Blumenthal I shake my head:
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) says the Trump administration’s firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is “added evidence of obstruction of justice” for special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“McCabe firing is an undisguised attack on Special Counsel investigation – attempting to undermine him as a witness,” Blumenthal said on Twitter.
Blumenthal, as the others above, is either a liar or an idiot. It is amusing how democrats rush to support someone who has tarnished the FBI brand- an accusation not from Trump, not from Sessions, not from the GOP, but instead comes directly from the career officials at the FBI and the DOJ appointed by Obama and Mueller.
This was handed down from the IG and OPR offices even before the IG report was released, they felt it to be so important.
IMO McCabe was put in place to do what he did.
Before the election I said McCabe should have recused himself from anything to do with the Clinton’s or Trump. He didn’t. But then, Trump was never supposed to win and had he not won we would know none of this. This action is a good one- it begins the process of restoring faith in the FBI.