Trump critics attack firing FBI's McCabe

Andrew Mc Cabe fired

Sunday, US President Donald Trump lashed former FBI Director James Comey and ex-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, accusing the fired agency leaders of lying, and bashed special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team as deeply partisan.

The person with knowledge of McCabe's situation says McCabe's memos include details of interactions with the president, among other topics. The FBI Office of Personal Responsibility (OPR) subsequently recommended that Attorney General Jeff Sessions fire McCabe, according to The New York Times.

Mr. McCabe lost his job after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded Mr. McCabe misled investigators about his role in allowing FBI officials to speak to reporters at The Wall Street Journal about a corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe said in a statement after his firing that he felt he had been "singled out" and targeted because of the events he witnessed in the aftermath of Comey's firing.

Comey testified before Congress in June 2017 that he believed Trump was trying to get him to drop an investigation of Trump's former national security adviser, and that White House officials had spread "lies, plain and simple", to cover up the reason for his dismissal.

The AP reports that the McCabe memos are similar to the notes compiled by Comey.

Comey gave no indication that he would do so, and he was later fired. Rather, their significance stems from their very existence. "Can we call them Fake Memos?"

Mr McCabe is a potential key witness in the Russian Federation probe.


Comey revealed a year ago that he had kept memos while he was still Federal Bureau of Investigation director about meetings and conversations he had with the President. "This news suggests McCabe thought that he might later need to testify about those conversations in court".

Last December, Trump tweeted a message directed at McCabe counting down the days until he would become eligible for retirement.

By the time the fact-based opposition has what it needs to defend McCabe, the next of Trump's victims will be "in the barrel", to use Roger Stone's famous phrase. "How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!".

But Trump is not similarly constrained in smearing McCabe and regaling in his ouster.

In 2016, Trump reportedly called McCabe into his office for a meeting, then asked him which candidate he voted for in the presidential election, according to the Washington Post.

The president tweets Saturday: "How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife's campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation?"

Even quoted accurately, that testimony could be a problem for Comey in light of McCabe's statement last week, if not the smoking gun Trump misportrayed it as.

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