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Old March 17th, 2018, 05:24 AM   #1
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Andrew McCabe's Response

Read his full statement below:

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.

No more. 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.

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Old March 17th, 2018, 05:32 AM   #2
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This part of McCabe's statement is the key.

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.

"....REVEALED THAT I WOULD CORROBORATE FORMER DIRECTOR COMEY'S ACCOUNTS OF HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT..."

Trump and Sessions could not count on the fact that McCabe would keep his mouth shut.
That's WHY he was fired. It was NOT lack of candor. It was fear.
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Old March 17th, 2018, 05:34 AM   #3
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This part of McCabe's statement is the key.

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.

"....REVEALED THAT I WOULD CORROBORATE FORMER DIRECTOR COMEY'S ACCOUNTS OF HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PRESIDENT..."

Trump and Sessions could not count on the fact that McCabe would keep his mouth shut.
That's WHY he was fired. It was NOT lack of candor. It was fear.
Bingo, don the Con fired him because was a witness in the Comey firing. This is more evidence of obstruction.
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Sessions, the perjurer, is a pathetic weasel.

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Bingo, don the Con fired him because was a witness in the Comey firing. This is more evidence of obstruction.

In February, The NY Times published a piece called "In Trump vs. the FBI, Trump Will Lose". The article was, of course, about the firing of Comey and all that followed. Here's the first paragraph:

President Trump entered office last year as a singular figure. But he has come to resemble two of his predecessors in one crucial respect. Though he’s more paranoid than Richard Nixon and more mendacious than Bill Clinton, he seems bent on following them down a road to hell: a confrontation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Like them, he’ll lose.

Obviously, Trump thinks he can fire his way out of this crisis and this is where Trump demonstrates his inflated sense of power and his astonishing stupidity.

Eventually, those who KNOW where the bodies are buried will speak up and I'd be willing to bet there are hundreds--possibly thousands of agents who know where the bodies are buried.
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This is Trump following a standard Trump procedure, he's going to withhold McCabe's pension, just like he withheld the payments to contractors, most of the contractors settled for less, and he thinks he can pull this off with McCabe, shut up, and you'll get hired back for a couple of days to qualify for a pension.
But the optics are different.
But the screwing of the contractors wasn't done on a public stage, and it looks like the screwing that Trump's base has undergone, it could peel off a lot of his base.
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Just one more exhibition of the petty vindictive nasty evil childish and vicious nature that is completely part of Dear Leader's DNA.

Did you read that he's stacked his "International Wild Life Conservatory Board" with big game trophy hunter buddies?

What a fuckin asshat
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McCabe's firing was recommended by the FBI internal afairs office. That department is made up of FBI life long civil servants. Are you lefties blaming them for this? Do you doubt their recommendation?
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McCabe's firing was recommended by the FBI internal afairs office. That department is made up of FBI life long civil servants. Are you lefties blaming them for this? Do you doubt their recommendation?
Sounds like you are assuming that they are thinking for themselves
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In February, The NY Times published a piece called "In Trump vs. the FBI, Trump Will Lose". The article was, of course, about the firing of Comey and all that followed. Here's the first paragraph:

President Trump entered office last year as a singular figure. But he has come to resemble two of his predecessors in one crucial respect. Though he’s more paranoid than Richard Nixon and more mendacious than Bill Clinton, he seems bent on following them down a road to hell: a confrontation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Like them, he’ll lose.

Obviously, Trump thinks he can fire his way out of this crisis and this is where Trump demonstrates his inflated sense of power and his astonishing stupidity.

Eventually, those who KNOW where the bodies are buried will speak up and I'd be willing to bet there are hundreds--possibly thousands of agents who know where the bodies are buried.
The question is: What will FBI Director Christopher Wray do in response ? During his nomination hearings, he promised Congress that he would not stand for such chicanery. A few months ago he threatened to resign over something similar. Wray was the one that authorized McCabe to speak to the press. Wray will not be able to look the agents serving under him in the eyes if he allows this political hitjob an a fellow agent stand without response. Wray has no choice but to RESIGN !!!!!
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