Swamp Denizen Andrew McCabe Sacked at FBI
- McCabe was “Removed” from his post sent packing
Andrew McCabe was sacked by FBI Director Christopher Wray on concerns about a yet-to-be-released Inspector General report reviewing how the FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-Mail server during her tenure Mr. Hussein Obama’s Secretary of State. He played a Key role in the Clinton e-Mail probe and the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
President Trump and some GOP lawmakers argue there’s evidence that past officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), including Mr. McCabe, were biased toward Democrat Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump in the run-up to last year’s Presidential election.
The White House on Monday said it has nothing to do with Mr. McCabe’s departure from the law enforcement agency.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the White House was not involved in Mr. McCabe’s decision to leave just weeks before his planned retirement.
She says, “The President was not part of this decision-making process.”
But Mrs. Sanders says President Donald Trump stands by his criticism of Mr. McCabe, who played a central role in the Hillary Clinton e-Mail probe and the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the Y 2016 election.
Mr. McCabe’s wife had received huge campaign donations from then-Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in her failed Y 2015 state Senate bid
Mrs. Sanders says the White House has “some concerns” over Mr. McCabe’s work at the bureau.
The official next in line to become acting FBI director is David Bowdich, who currently serves as associate deputy director. But, FBI Director Christopher Wray will be able to choose a permanent deputy from the career ranks of senior bureau officials.
Mr. McCabe’s tenure has become entangled in recent years in politically charged controversies, including the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private e-Mail when she was Mr. Hussein Obama’s Secretary of State, and the ongoing criminal probe into Russian interference.
Recently, House Republicans demanded to know what discussions Mr. McCabe might have had in Y 2016 with two FBI officials who exchanged text messages critical of President Trump, as 1 of them referred to a meeting in “Andy’s office” where they discussed “that there’s no way” Trump would be elected but “we can’t take that risk.”
Mr. McCabe also came under Republican criticism in Y 2016 when he helped oversee the Hillary Clinton e-Mail investigation even though his wife had accepted donations from Democratic political organizations for an unsuccessful election bid in Y 2015 to the Virginia state senate.
The FBI said in a statement at the time that Mr. McCabe “played no role” in his wife’s campaign “and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind.”
“He ought to be replaced. And I’ve said that before and I’ve said it to people who can do it,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said on 19 December, the day before Mr. McCabe was interviewed behind closed doors by the House Intelligence Committee.
Mr. McCabe joined the FBI in Y 1996 and held management positions in the counterterrorism division and the Washington field office. He became the FBI’s acting director after James Comey was fired in May, and served in that role until 2 August when Mr. Wray was appointed by President Trump to the post.
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