I wrote previously that Andrew McCabe was fired for doing his job well. All the evidence supports that he was an exemplary FBI agent and Deputy Director. The firing had nothing to do with the quality of his work. He was fired by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, following a report by the inspector general. The charges against him were unauthorized disclosure of an ongoing investigation and lying about it under oath when asked by the inspector general. The exact wording is he “lack candor” when interviewed. It is not criminal to lie to an inspector general, but it’s against the rules of the FBI and can result in firing.
The unauthorized disclosure charge relates to an article written in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in October 2016. Andrew McCabe insists that there was nothing done improperly. The Wall Street Journal article was printed on October 31, entitled, “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe:
Laptop may contain thousands of messages sent to or from Mrs. Clinton’s private server.” The article is clear that there was a fundamental disagreement on how far to push the Clinton Foundation investigation. Andrew McCabe has stated he was interested in a more aggressive investigation of the Clinton Foundation, ironically at the same time, that Trump was on television nearly every night claiming the FBI was involved in a cover-up of wrong doing by the Clintons.
The inspector general’s report will be made public this week. I’m certain it will judge McCabe’s action in isolation, not taking into consideration the campaign frenzy at the time. The disclosure occurred under extra-ordinary circumstances, with an open investigations on many fronts, and a massive attempt for the Trump team to capitalize on the “crooked Hillary” and weak FBI efforts in particular.
Donald Trump waged an extremely negative campaign in the last week of the campaign, non-stop ranting about an incredibly corrupt Clinton (“crooked Hillary”) and in collusion with the Obama administration (DOJ/FBI) to hide her crimes, from violations of compromising national security via her private server, destruction of evidence (crushing her cell phone) in an investigation, and the links between the Clinton Foundation donors and the Uranium One deal.
All of crooked Hillary stuff, as listed above, was nonsense and no crimes were committed. At least, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has never charged the Clinton campaign nor the Foundation with any wrong doing, and he has all the investigative details from the FBI. The only ones with guilty pleas or likely to stand trial were with the Trump campaign.
My copy of Comey’s book will arrive tomorrow and with the release of the IG report, I’ve got a lot of reading to do. The WSJ article is provided in the link below.
October 31, 2016 FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe:
Laptop may contain thousands of messages sent to or from Mrs. Clinton’s private server