With the turn over of the Obama administration to Trump officials, a lot of rocks were turned over, and interesting information came to light. Much of that information implicated the former members of not just the Justice Department, but others in Washington as well. Since the Justice Department itself seems to be steeped in the proverbial “swamp” that President Trump has promised time and again to drain, Congress has found it necessary to step in.
Congressional probes on many of the corruption issues have been underway for months, and the deeper they dig, the more compelling the case against Obama era officials becomes. Not only did the Russia collusion story end up to be unsubstantiated, many of the Clinton campaign employees ended up being caught with their hand in the political cookie jar.
One deeply concerned Democratic supporter who’s staring down the barrel of prison time for his actions while in office is FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe has been under scrutiny for some time, especially with his boss, James Comey, being removed from the FBI. McCabe was eventually fired, just days ago, and according to the Independent Journal Review, South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy assures America that McCabe wasn’t ratted out by adversaries of the FBI, but rather his own co-workers:
‘In the aftermath of Attorney General Jeff Sessions firing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe late Friday evening, many Democrats have come out against the move. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) — a Republican — however, said McCabe’s firing was recommended by his own agency.
Gowdy further poked holes in McCabe’s statement that he released shortly after being fired:
‘That’s right. If you look at his statement, he was really upset that he was being blamed for ending something and the interesting part of his statement, which I hadn’t heard a lot of people talk about, is he was really blaming [Department of Justice]. The Department of Justice is who shut down the investigation. But you know what, Chris? We don’t live in a relativistic world. […] And you don’t get to decide when to tell the truth and when not to. I’m going to withhold judgment until Horowitz’s report comes out.’
‘Two weeks ago the president was criticizing and all of sudden now McCabe criticizing,’ Gowdy continued. ‘So he’s probably doing his job because now everyone is criticizing him. Let’s see what he found. Let’s wait and see what the lack of candor was. And then we could judge the fact pattern and the proportionality of the penalty, of his losing his pension. We can judge all that once we understand exactly what he’s alleged to have done.’
‘Make no mistake, the FBI is who recommended that he be fired. It wasn’t crazy House Republicans and it wasn’t the Trump Administration. It was his own fellow bureau agents,’ he added.’
While it’s easy for outsiders to point fingers and lay blame, the people who saw the events surround the 2016 election and campaigns that preceded it, are the ones who truly know who acted with integrity and who didn’t. The investigation that will no doubt follow McCabe for quite some time, is just beginning but is gaining traction.
McCabe will be facing a tough battle, and he doesn’t appear to be staying quiet about the issues at hand. The defense of his actions came just after he was fired by Attorney General Sessions on Friday.
Watch Gowdy speak with Chris Wallace of Fox News.
Read McCabe’s very blunt 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 it.
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 it 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 same 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 have 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 misty fo chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was prevailed 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.’