Andrew McCabe, the assistant director of the FBI who was fired Friday, just two days short of being eligible for his full pension, couldn’t be blamed for lashing out at the president over the weekend.
The firing, McCabe said, “is part of this administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation” and proof President Trump wants to destroy him as part of his “war” against special counsel Robert Mueller.
That effort included politicizing the nation’s top law enforcement agency and discrediting its longtime leaders so he could escape its scrutiny, McCabe said.
“Here is the reality,” McCabe wrote in a public statement. “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 (former FBI Director) James Comey.”
McCabe also is reportedly mentioned in some of the texts uncovered between two FBI agents who were working on the Trump-Russia investigation as helping to foment a plan to bring down Trump should he win the election.
But according to Vox, it’s just Trump being cruel and unreasonable to a seasoned investigator.
“There is little evidence so far that McCabe harbors some kind of personal vendetta against the president, let alone any evidence that it’s affecting his job performance,” wrote Vox’s Zack Beauchamp and Emily Stewart in a story headlined, “Trump and Republicans spent months going after Andrew McCabe. Now he’s gone.”
“’He’s certainly not politically compromised – at least not based on what we now know,’” it quoted Jens David Ohlin, a law professor at Cornell University, as saying. “It’s one thing for them to go after Mueller and his team – which I would expect – but the administration seems intent on delegitimizing the entire FBI and the Justice Department.”
“The whole saga reflects an increasing Republican willingness to treat the FBI as an enemy of the party – a development with troubling implications for the bureau’s independence and the health of American democracy more broadly.”
No word on the threat to the bureau’s independence and health of American democracy of people at the top of the FBI working with the opposition campaign to bring down an elected president, as has been credibly suggested.
“There’s been no indication that McCabe was compromised in any way,” Vox reported. “The issue subsided for the early months of Trump’s presidency, sidelined by other controversies, until Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9. This made McCabe acting FBI director; all of a sudden, a man that the resident believed could be biased against him was in charge of (among other things) the probe into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.”
The president has suggested ties to the Democratic Party by McCabe and connections to the party by other agents involved in the investigation should be examined to see if the agents were biased in their pursuit of him.