Late Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions followed through with the recommendation by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility to fire Andrew McCabe There had been questions as to whether McCabe would be fired prior to midnight on Friday, because meeting that deadline would result in the forfeiture of McCabe’s retirement pension. Had McCabe lost his job after midnight, his pension would have remained intact. McCabe had pleaded with officials not to jeopardize his pension, leaving many wondering why he would plead for his pension, yet failing to worry about likely criminal charges and prosecution that would follow.
Despite his plea, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released the following statement on Friday evening:
“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,” Sessions said in a statement.
After the announcement of McCabe’s firing, Mike Flynn Jr. tweeted this out after the news:
Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe released the following statement:
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 us.
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 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 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 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 midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged 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.”
To get down to the truth behind McCabe’s firing, you have to go back to the beginning of the story, it wreaks of irony for the Democrat Party and their Progressive allies. That is because, it was the Democrats who demanded that the Inspector General look into the FBI biases that they claim cost Hillary Rodham Clinton the 2016 election to Donald J. Trump. In fact, it started on October 4, 2016 when Congressional House Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Representative John Conyers (D-MI), requested an Inspector General investigation into the FBI over alleged illegal leaks that they claimed to be damaging to the Clinton campaign. A move that has come back to bite them in the rear, time and time again. In fact, it was the Democrats, who celebrated in January 2017, when DOJ’s Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz launched a probe into the DOJ’s and FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Harowitz, a Obama appointee, launched his investigation into the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Clinton probe in January, and spent the next year quietly collecting data, investigating the FBI and DOJ, while making a case that could be presented to appropriate authorities. Democratic Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) gave high praises to the Inspector General for moving forward on the investigation.
Meanwhile, following the appointment of the Inspector General to the investigation, Schiff stated:
“I think this was very appropriate for the IG to initiate and I say hats off to my colleague Elijah Cummings for making the request for this investigation some months ago, it now has bipartisan support.” Adam Schiff went on to say, “We had a very serious and I believe very consequential decision by the director of the FBI to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation and in violation of the department’s longstanding policy and do so right before the election, that ought to be the subject of a DOJ IG investigation, I think they’re the right party to do it, I have every confidence to believe they’ll do it objectively.”
Interestingly, Schiff could have never anticipated the Inspector General’s findings, outcomes, or the consequences that would be leveled against not only the corrupt within the FBI, but within the Democrat Party itself.
According to the information to date, the Inspector General’s investigation did not reveal FBI bias that favored Trump, but instead, it revealed instances of political bias at the FBI in favor of Hillary Clinton. In fact, according to the New York Times:
Horowitz concludes in his report that McCabe was not forthcoming during the review, which included an examination of McCabe allowing FBI officials to speak with reporters about the investigation into the Clinton’s.
The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that Sessions fire McCabe. A recommendation that came to fruition on Friday night, and a move that will likely cost McCabe his pension benefits, due to his criminal actions.
Some of the reasons for his firing include:
1. Stonewalling Hillary Investigation
McCabe stonewalled an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. In fact, McCabe reportedly waited three weeks to inspect a laptop belonging to former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is married to Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin.
According to the Washington Post, McCabe stonewalled an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. A fact that enhanced Conservatives concerns about McCabe’s impartiality, due to his wife’s close ties to Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe.
Judicial Watch obtained documents that suggested that McCabe may have steered the Clinton investigation away from an indictment.
Emails show that McCabe’s wife emailed him a report in True Pundit, that quoted a FBI source accusing McCabe and other FBI officials of soft-pedaling the Clinton investigation in an effort to help her win. McCabe appeared upset by the article, so he passed it on to then FBI Director James Comey. According to his own words that he wrote in his email to Comey, McCabe believed that account must have come from a “heavyweight source.”
2. Ignoring The Law To Protect Political Allies
FBI agent Peter Strzok led the Clinton investigation and interviewed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, both of whom were caught making false statements. Normally, this type of crime would land ordinary American’s in prison, but both Clinton cronies were allowed to walk without a single consequence due to the actions of both Strzok and McCabe.
3. Clinton Cash for His Wife During Clinton Investigation
McCabe was not a supervisor in the Clinton case, but he was a key figure. His exact role is part of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into wrongdoing by the bureau in the probe.
During the investigation, longtime Clinton operative Gov. Terry McAuliffe urged McCabe’s wife Jill, a political novice, to run for state Senate. He then pushed over $700,000 in contributions into her coffers. McCabe did not disclose his wife’s ties to McAuliffe. He refused to recuse himself until just days before the 2016 election. Or months after James Comey recommended against charges. (Incidentally, under Virginia law Jill McCabe got to keep all the leftover campaign cash.)
4. The “Path” and “Insurance Policy” to Stop Trump
McCabe is the “Andy” referenced in the now infamous “insurance policy” text sent by Peter Strzok.
I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.
The “insurance policy”: the Fusion GPS dossier, which the FBI/DOJ could use to push the Trump-Russia collusion theory. The dossier was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the DNC. When asked by Congress at what point he’d learned Clinton was behind the dossier, McCabe claimed not to remember. Convenient amnesia.
Rep. Trey Gowdy hinted that the Nunes memo includes how the FBI/DOJ used the dossier despite knowing it was un-vetted political opposition research.
5. Revenge Against Flynn
McCabe had a personal vendetta against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Circa reported in June 2017 how Flynn crossed McCabe by defending Supervisory Special Agent Robyn Gritz. Now, Gritz had accused McCabe and other FBI brass of blacklisting her after she leveled sexual harassment allegations. So McCabe was furious.
This bias played out in the Russia investigation. True Pundit reports that a few days before Flynn was fired, McCabe gathered his top FBI disciples to plot how to ruin Flynn and Trump. “[Expletive deleted] Flynn and then we [expletive deleted] Trump,” he declared. NBC details how McCabe sandbagged Flynn, setting up the White House interrogation that resulted in his perjury charge. Flynn had thought the meeting was on routine transition matters.
6. A Stand-Down Order for Benghazi
Gritz also fingers McCabe for a stunning Benghazi revelation. She told True Pundit that during the 2012 Benghazi attack McCabe ordered the Foreign Emergency Support Team (FEST) to stand down. The Pentagon had told Gritz that there were six spots for the FBI on the FEST plane set to race to Libya. McCabe said, “No we don’t need your help with that, Robyn, or help from DOD.”
I explained to him that I was the only SSA (Supervisory Special Agent) sitting in this room that has deployed FBI on a FEST plane to a U.S. Embassy under major attack. In Yemen there were terrorists driving around blowing s*** up. And it didn’t stop when we got on the ground. And the same thing happened in Beirut. But McCabe told us all in the meeting the FBI was standing down.”
This fits with a December report from The Hill. A retired FBI supervisor told Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) he was instructed by McCabe not to call the Benghazi attack an act of terrorism when reporting FBI findings to other intelligence agencies. The supervisor was concerned because “his unit had gathered incontrovertible evidence showing a major Al Qaeda figure had directed the attack and the information had already been briefed to President Obama.”
7. Told agents investigating Clinton Foundation to stand down.
Incidentally, the Wall Street Journal reported McCabe also told agents investigating the Clinton Foundation to stand down.
8. Conflict of Interest – Friends with FISA Judge who handled proceedings against National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn.
Also, in the past week, it has been discovered that a FISA judge who earlier handled proceedings against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, a decorated General, who was targeted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into so-far unsubstantiated claims of Trump campaign collusion with Russia, was friends with a now-demoted FBI agent also involved in the scandal, a report says.
Mainstream Media immediately began putting spin on the news, and in less than thirty minutes of the story breaking. For example, MSNBC reported that
“Andrew McCabe Was Fired to Cover Up Stormy Daniels Affair”
The Mainstream Media will likely continue to try to spin this against the President, just as they do time and time again. Regardless, the investigation and prosecutions will go on.
In the meantime, as a result of this firing, McCabe may be the first Deep State criminal to face justice so far. However, it will not be the last. Reports indicate that Inspector General Harowitz plans to release his full report in the coming days or weeks. A report that will likely result in multiple criminal indictments against not just Andrew McCabe, but Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, James Comey, and many more. Therefore, as President Trump and his Administration slowly begin to drain the swamp and clean house, it is truly welcomed news for American’s who feel that the wicked political elite’s always find a way to avoid justice. Fortunately, the wicked appear that they will finally have their day in court, and face prosecution. Especially, since reports indicate that more are being evaluated for dismissal, and criminal charges will be announced in the coming days.