Attorney General Jeff Session has finally dropped the ax on the former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe was fired on Friday night, just days before he would have earned a lifetime pension because of a finding of misconduct by the Inspector General of McCabe’s handling of the Clinton probe.
From Fox News:
“Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
“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),” Sessions said.
“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 expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, ‘all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.'”
So they called him out for leaking and for lying when put under oath multiple times. The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that he be fired and Sessions had the choice to accept that recommendation or reject it.
But McCabe didn’t go quietly, responding immediately with fighting words after hearing of the firing.
“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,” McCabe said. “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.
“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,” McCabe continued. “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 us. No more.”
McCabe had already been removed as deputy to Director Christopher Wray in January after months of questions about his actions and questions raised about conflicts of interests.
Republicans and others were concerned about his ties to the Democrats.
His wife had received donations during a run for Senate from a group connected to the Clintons. This was while he was investigating Hillary Clinton.
More questions came up about his role in FISA abuse that is being investigated in the targeting of Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.
Text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page reveal that McCabe was aware of the emails found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner. But he didn’t tell Director James Comey for a month. The IG is investigating specifically why this information was withheld or slowed for a month.
Several Republicans also have pointed with alarm to the Strzok-Page texts and their references to McCabe in relation to an “insurance policy” to prevent Trump from being elected president, and a “secret society” within the bureau.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]