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The Justice Department dealt a stunning blow to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday night, firing him just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.
"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.
"I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately."
- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions
"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.
FILE - In this June 7, 2017 file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe pauses during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring. Two people familiar with the decision described it to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday. The move is effective Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Former FBI official Andrew McCabe. (Associated Press)
"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.'"
McCabe hit back in a fiery response of his own.
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"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."
"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. ... The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all."
- Andrew McCabe
Just after midnight Saturday, President Donald Trump reacted to the news in a Twitter message:
"Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy," the president wrote, "Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!"
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Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
McCabe's firing marked a stunning fall for a man who was No. 2 at the bureau for a time under former FBI Director James Comey, ran it and even was reportedly on President Donald Trump’s short list for the directorship.
But McCabe has also been mired in controversy in recent years.
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Sessions’ decision to fire McCabe came as Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded a bureau oversight investigation, with a report expected to be critical of McCabe’s handling of the Clinton email probe, his handling of the bureau during the early months of the Russia investigation, and his ties to the Democratic Party.
Horowitz determined that McCabe hadn't been forthcoming in regard to the handling of the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state in the Obama administration.
The inspector general’s finding sparked an FBI disciplinary process that recommended McCabe’s firing.
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Sources told Fox News that the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility made the recommendation to fire McCabe. Sessions had the option to either accept the recommendation, or step in to stop the firing process.
FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on worldwide threats, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Washington. Wray said the agency provided the White House with information twice last year about Rob Porter, the top Trump aide who resigned as staff secretary last week after domestic violence allegations from two ex-wives became public. Wray said the bureau closed its background investigation on Porter in January, weeks before the allegations were published. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
FBI Director Christopher Wray. (Associated Press)
Horowitz’s investigation, which landed McCabe in hot water, faults the former deputy director for the way he answered questions about his approval for interactions between an FBI official and a reporter about the bureau’s investigation into the nonprofit Clinton Foundation.
McCabe was “removed” from his post as deputy to FBI Director Christopher Wray in January, setting in motion a plan to leave the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans — including President Trump.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the decision was entirely up to Sessions, but that McCabe was a "bad actor."
"That's a determination we [left] up to Attorney General Sessions, but we do think that it is well documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and has been a bad actor," Sanders said.
IG COULD SOON RELEASE EXPLOSIVE REPORT ON FBI'S CLINTON PROBE, AS SESSIONS WEIGHS FIRING MCCABE
“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!” Trump tweeted in December, before McCabe’s removal.
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McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017. McCabe led the bureau, independently, until Aug. 2, 2017 — during the early months of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates.
Republicans have also long criticized McCabe for his ties to the Democratic Party — his wife received donations during a failed 2015 Virginia Senate run from a group tied to a Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — all while the Clinton email probe was underway.
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” the president tweeted in December.
The president was “not a part of the decisionmaking process,” when McCabe was removed from the bureau in January, press secretary Sanders said.
McCabe returned to the white-hot spotlight when Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released its memo on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses in connection with the Russia probe, saying that McCabe signed a FISA warrant targeting former Trump campaign volunteer adviser Carter Page.
“McCabe testified before the committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the [FISA court] without the Steele dossier information,” the memo read. The Steele dossier was unverified, and financed as opposition research by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.
And recently uncovered text messages between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page revealed a new timeline in the Clinton email probe, apparently showing McCabe’s knowledge of the investigation.
The text messages suggest that as of Sept. 28, 2016, Strzok, Page and McCabe were aware of new Clinton emails found on the laptop of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, spouse of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
“Got called up to Andy’s earlier … hundreds of thousands of emails turned over by Weiner’s atty to sdny, includes a ton of material from spouse. Sending team up tomorrow to review…this will never end …” Strzok wrote in a text message to Page.
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But it wasn’t until Oct. 27, 2016 that Comey was briefed on the newly discovered emails — meaning McCabe kept the director in the dark for a month.
Horowitz is specifically investigating McCabe and whether he wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the presidential election, in which Clinton lost to Trump.
According to testimony obtained by Fox News from an Office of Special Counsel interview with former Comey Chief of Staff James Rybicki, McCabe’s office did not notify him until the night of Oct. 26, 2016.
The OSC also interviewed FBI Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson, who testified that Comey was first briefed on the material found on Weiner’s laptop on Oct. 27, 2016.
Anderson noted that the director’s office decided to “urgently” address the situation.
“Given the significance of the matter, um, uh, that we had to proceed quickly,” Anderson told investigators. “It was just too, too explosive for us to sit on.”
So it wasn’t until Oct. 28, 2016, that Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing the “recent developments” of the discovery of the Clinton and Abedin communications found on the laptop —which he had just been briefed on a day before. That letter reopened the Clinton email probe just a week before the election. The inspector general is investigating McCabe’s involvement in this timeline.
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.
Ex-FBI Asst. Director Says Upcoming Inspector General Report Is "Pure TNT"
Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said today that a highly anticipated report from the DOJ's Inspector General Michael Horowitz will contain "some pure TNT." Horowitz has been investigating the conduct of the FBI's top brass surrounding the 2016 election for over a year. He also uncovered over 50,000 text messages between two anti-Trump / pro-Clinton FBI employees directly involved in the exoneration of Clinton and the counterintelligence operation launched against the Trump campaign.
Swecker: “The behavior if it’s manifested in the action with your thumb on the scale of a particular investigation, one way or the other, that’s borderline criminal behavior — manipulating an investigation. I think this IG report is going to be particularly impactful, more so than any of these useless congressional investigations. I think you’re going to see some pure TNT come out in this IG report.”
Horowitz is also reportedly homing in on McCabe's handling of the Anthony Weiner laptop after reports emerged that he wanted to avoid taking action on the FBI's findings until after the 2016 election.
The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point. -WaPo
In January, Fox's Sean Hannity sat down with journalist Sara Carter - who shed light on the McCabe situation, saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray was "shocked to his core" after reading the GOP-authored "FISA" memo describing FBI malfeasance surrounding the 2016 U.S. election:
Carter: What we know tonight is that FBI Director Christopher Wray went Sunday and reviewed the four-page FISA memo. The very next day, Andrew McCabe was asked to resign. Remember Sean, he was planning on resigning in March - that already came out in December. This time they asked him to go right away. You're not coming into the office. I've heard rep[orts he didn't even come in for the morning meeting - that he didn't show up.
Hannity: A source of mine told me tonight that when Wray read this, it shocked him to his core.
Sara Carter: Shocked him to his core, and not only that, the Inspector General's report - I have been told tonight by a number of sources, there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's - those are their interviews with witnesses. So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report.
Hannity: Changes? So that would be obstruction of justice?
Carter: Exactly. This is something the Inspector General is investigating. If this is true and not alleged, McCabe will be fired. I heard they are considering firing him within the next few days if this turns out to be true.
McCabe says he was fired as FBI deputy director because of what he witnessed after Trump fired Comey
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Friday that he was fired from the bureau because of the events he witnessed after President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey last May.
"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," McCabe said in a statement.
McCabe was one of three top FBI officials former FBI Director James Comey apprised of his conversations with Trump. Comey's interactions with Trump are now an integral part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice when he fired Comey.
McCabe told Politico in an interview conducted earlier this month that the situation was "personally devastating" for him and his family.
"But at some point, this has to be seen in the larger context," McCabe added. "And I firmly believe that this is an ongoing effort to undermine my credibility because of the work that I did on the Russia case, because of the investigations that I oversaw and impacted that target this administration."
"They have every reason to believe that I could end up being a significant witness in whatever the special counsel comes up with, and so they are trying to create this counter-narrative that I am not someone who can be believed or trusted," he added. "And as someone who has been believed and trusted by really good people for 21 years, it's just infuriating to me."
McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, used to serve as the DOJ's Inspector General and said in a statement that he had
"never before seen the type of rush to judgment — and rush to summary punishment — that we have witnessed in this case."
McCabe was forced out of the FBI earlier this year amid an internal investigation by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into his approval of unauthorized disclosures to the media in October 2016 related to the bureau's Hillary Clinton email probe.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general Michael Horowitz reportedly concluded in a report that McCabe was not forthcoming during the OIG review. The FBI Office of Personal Responsibility (OPR) subsequently recommended that Attorney General Jeff Sessions fire McCabe, according to The New York Times.
Woo hoo! We all know that any low level FBI agent doing what he did would be fired without any fanfare. We ARE a nation of laws.
Cynic time....will they now say he suffered enough, and he’s thus avoids jail time? Hmm low level people would certainly have to be (and have already been) jailed for such conduct!
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(1) Here's a BIG, FAT red flag:
(2) From McCabe's INTERMINABLE statement.
(3) "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."
(4) WHENEVER someone says that criticizing HIM or HER is an attack on an entire group, you know that the person is guilty of the accusations.
(5) I get criticized DAILY.
It's VERY energetic criticism.
(6) Have you EVER seen me try o deflect criticism by claiming that it's an attack on men?
Catholics? Bearded fellows? History majors? People with PTSD?
(7) ALL criticism of me is directed at me and me alone.
Not a single person criticizing me is attacking a group.
They're going after ME ALONE.
(8) Here's the reality:
The Obama years were lawless.
(9) I understand perfectly WHY so many people threw their ethics and morality out the window.
They thought nothing would ever change, so why bother holding on to integrity?
(10) Look what they did to @GenFlynn.
Obama FIRED him as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, because the general told the truth:
The Intelligence Community and the military were cooking the books to make Obama appear competent.
(11) Who wants to be fired for telling the truth?
VERY few people.
General Flynn didn't wait until he'd retired. He spoke up, and he paid for it.
(12) Has the general said that criticism of him is criticism of all the armed forces?
(13) Here's the general's final interview as head of the DIA.
Flynn’s Last Interview: Iconoclast Departs DIA With A Warning
In this exclusive exit interview with Breaking Defense contributor James Kitfield, the outgoing chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, talks about metastasizing Islamic ter…
(14) "Accomplishing the goals I set required shaking things up at DIA. Maybe it did get to the point where I was a little too far out in front of my headlights."
(15) "I had a meeting with my boss and the message was ‘it’s time for you to go,’ and my reaction was to salute and say, ‘Okay, no problem.’"
(16) "I was fine with that because at the end of the day I’m a soldier, and I serve at the pleasure of my superiors."
(17) FOUR SENTENCES.
(18) McCabe's statement.
(19) One of the best movies ever made is "A New Leaf," the only film that Elaine May directed.
Walter Matthau is a worthless playboy who doesn't understand that ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
(20) McCabe is now wandering the streets, muttering, "I'm poor! I'm poor!"
HE DID IT TO HIMSELF.
(21) These people COMPROMISED THEMSELVES.
And now, they must pay the piper.
(22) This is the piper.
(23) He TOLD EVERYBODY in plain language, over and over and over:
"I'm the piper. You're going to pay me. YUGELY."
(24) People didn't listen.
You know what they didn't take into account?
(25) General Flynn had already PROVEN that he put family and country ahead of everything else.
When the piper hired the general, all the Henry Grahams should've immediately resigned.
Well, they screwed up, didn't they?
(26) I have no sympathy.
I knew exactly what was happening.
But all the Henry Grahams were in total denial.
(28) ADDENDUM: @AuntieSocial2 corrects me: Elaine May also wrote and directed the movie Ishtar.
(29) Like the film Monster in Law, Ishtar is not the disaster that people claim.
But then again, I like the movie Waterworld...
I am told yesterday McCabe felt the heat and went to try and save his last two days and even told some he would take people down with him if he as fired. So...let’s see what comes of this. I know this...a ton of agents...a ton...were watching this very closely.
Yeah, and maybe that’s just what Sessions wanted....for him to roll over on some if not all of the other corruption! (I must really learn to read before I post...it autofilled Andrea - which I have now corrected)
Indeed! Squeeze McCabe for him to roll. I think he will make a deal to stay out of prison and give them everything.
It is reassuring to know that Mr Sessions has treated Mr McCabe as one of WE the people instead of as part of the ruling elite.
It appears that way right now....let’s watch it unfold as the left is in full ‘splodey-head’ mode!