As Heat Intensifies, FBI’s Andrew McCabe Runs for The Exit
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is headed for early retirement, and there’s no mystery about why he’s decided to call it a career. Still at the center of controversy over money his wife accepted from Clinton donors while he himself was overseeing the investigation into her emails, McCabe came under harsh scrutiny in recent weeks after his name surfaced in anti-Trump text messages that made headlines.
FBI agent Peter Strzok, in one of thousands of texts he sent to his girlfriend Lisa Page last year, mentioned an “insurance policy” he was cooking up in case Trump was elected president. In the text, he casually remarked on things that had been discussed “in Andy’s office.” Congress wants to know exactly what Strzok was talking about, and McCabe was reportedly grilled by lawmakers behind closed doors this week on Capitol Hill.
And now he’s heading for the exit. How very interesting.
President Trump commented on McCabe’s retirement plans in a couple of Twitter posts on Saturday. “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?” he mused.
In another, he mentioned McCabe’s retirement specifically, saying he was “racing the clock” to March, when he will be able to hang up his hat and retain his full pension benefits.
As one of the senior-most officials in the FBI, McCabe had his grubby hands all over the two most politically-charged investigations of 2016: The one into Hillary’s emails and the one into the Trump campaign’s supposed collusion with Moscow. Both of those investigations have been hopelessly tainted with partisan influence and bias, and Republicans are calling on the Bureau to make some massive personnel changes to address the problems. The FBI’s public reputation has never been lower, and people like McCabe, Comey, Strzok, and others are a prime reason why.
To move forward and regain the trust of the American people, the FBI needs to clean house. That means getting rid of these partisan investigators who let Hillary Clinton escape scot-free and the ones who used a phony piece of opposition research to ignite an inflammatory, baseless case against the president. Rarely have we seen two back-to-back cases screwed up so monumentally by the nation’s top law enforcement agency – a clear sign that there is an infection inside the Bureau that needs to be cured. McCabe leaving is a good first step towards a healthy FBI.