WASHINGTON, March 19, 2018: – Andrew McCabe was the second highest ranking official in the FBI. For a few months, he served as acting Director of the FBI. Because former FBI Director Andrew McCabe is behind media leaks of classified information and lying to investigators, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him. This occurred just hours before McCabe was set to retire with a full pension. Although President Trump was not directly involved in the decision, the Andrew McCabe firing may present Trump with an opportunity. And opportunity to oversee the cleaning out of the Department of Justice.
All FBI officials must always respect the law, be completely without bias and always be truthful. McCabe appears to have violated those requirements. But now he is the poster boy for telling the truth. Don’t be Andrew McCabe.
Andrew McCabe steps down in January.
Andrew McCabe “voluntarily” left his FBI position in January on extended leave. His departure occurred just after the DOJ Inspector General’s office reported to FBI Director Charles Wray that McCabe had mishandled the Hillary Clinton email probe. Wray, who seems to always place the welfare of his FBI agents as the number one priority, quickly moved to oust McCabe. He did, however, allow McCabe to stay on the payroll until March 18 when he could retire with full benefits.
Wray’s action may have been routine rather than generous. Older longtime Federal employees like Andrew McCabe could take advantage of virtually unlimited annual leave and sick leave accrual if they failed to use it all in any given year or years. It’s entirely possible that McCabe continued to be compensated fully during his “leave,” assuming he had adequate accumulated annual leave still available.
In any event, early last week, more inappropriate and perhaps illegal activity by Andrew McCabe was discovered via the DOJ Inspector General’s office. That information, in turn, was shared with the completely impartial FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). OPR investigators reported they had discovered some very serious activities undertaken by McCabe which clearly violated the oathhe took as an FBI agent.
The OPR found that McCabe leaked classified information to the media for the sole purpose of damaging President Trump. He then proved less than truthful when inspectors questioned him on this matter. The FBI states that any employee who is found to have behaved in this manner must be fired immediately.
Sessions fires McCabe.
Sessions initially said that because McCabe is a civil servant, employment termination requires a specific procedure. After following the necessary steps and concluding that McCabe’s acts were egregious, Sessions fired McCabe.
Before the final decision was made, McCabe went to the Justice Department to argue his case for allowing him the retire. In that way, he would be allowed to collect his full pension after more than 20 years of public service. McCabe certainly realizes the value of a lifetime pension.
The pension issue may represent an opportunity. Since his election Democrats have accused him of collusion. The special counsel has been a thorn in Trump’s side and so far has found nothing that relates to any Trump collusion.
Numerous investigations into Trump’s involvement with Russian hacking, have found absolutely nothing.
In fact, the investigations have found that there was involvement between the Democrats and the Russians. It has also found that many high ranking officials in the FBI and likely the State Department and the Justice Department, are covering up illicit activities.
There are a couple of interesting statements that McCabe has made.
Under oath, McCabe was questioned about the role the unverified dossier had on the issuing of the FISA warrant to surveil Trump advisor Carter Page. McCabe said that the dossier was the driving force behind the surveillance warrant. If that is true, then the warrant should never have been issued.
It also means that the entire Mueller investigation and the admissions of guilt by former Trump advisors may be thrown out. The American people need to know the truth.
McCabe apparently also said that if he is indicted, he “Vows, I’m not going down alone.”
McCabe has been fired and will apparently lose some or all of his pension. He may also be facing criminal charges for releasing classified documents to the media. Additional charges may be filed since he apparently was less than truthful under oath. That means a loss of up to $2 million and even a criminal conviction.
Suppose the Trump administration offered to give McCabe his full pension for the rest of his life. Suppose further Trump offered McCabe immunity from prosecution.
That gives McCabe everything he wants.
In return, McCabe would agree to tell “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth” concerning the entire matter. McCabe would tell whatever he knew about involvement from anyone in either political party concerning influencing the 2016 election or if there was any bias.
If Trump is correct that the entire investigation into his possible collusion is a hoax and a witch hunt, McCabe’s information will corroborate that and perhaps end the Mueller investigation.
If it is ever determined that McCabe was less than completely truthful, he would lose his pension and be subject to criminal charges.
Trump should take advantage of this opportunity.