Sessions Fires McCabe

McCabeThis evening, I discussed why I thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions would fire Andrew McCabe.  Now that has come to pass in a late night announcement that McCabe has been terminated just 24 hours before his retirement (and eligibility for a pension).

I wrote recently how McCabe’s case is undermined by the indictment of Michael Flynn for basically the same alleged offense.

McCabe spent four hours arguing for his pension but it appears to have fallen on dead ears.  Sessions announced tonight “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

The Justice Department inspector general investigation found McCabe authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to the media about a Clinton-related case and then misled investigators.

I viewed it as highly unlikely that Sessions would ignore the relatively rare recommendation of the Office of Professional Responsibility that McCabe be fired.  Sessions previously followed staff advice in his own recusal and there was every reason to expect him to continue to yield to the recommendation of career staff.

Of course, Flynn is looking at a question of prison rather than a pension.

McCabe issued a statement blaming his filing on the “unrelenting attacks” by the President and others. The problem of course is that his termination was demanded by career officers at the Justice Department.  This recommendation is exceedingly rare.

Notably, McCabe indicates that Comey knew of the leak in saying “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.”

The Hill ran a column on the implications of this disclosure for Comey.

McCabe issued the following statement:

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.

295 thoughts on “Sessions Fires McCabe”

  1. What nonsense. McCabe is utterly corrupt. He effectively received a $600,000 bribe from Terry McAuliffe (aka, the Clinton’s fixer) to fund his wife’s futile campaign in Virginia, at the very time that the Clinton’s were being “investigated” by McCabe and his buddies.

    And he plotted, with Peter Strock and his gal DOJ friend against the President. Like Trump or not, it is not the role of this tinhorn J. Edgar Hoover to play politics.

    Whatever the Clinton’s touch turns to crap.

    1. The reality is that “he” got nothing. The campaign contribution occurred before McCabe was assigned to the case. McCabe brought the issue to the appropriate ethics people within the FBI and his actions actually hurt Hillary Clinton, possibly costing her the Presidency.

      As to whether he was less than open when discussing his role in providing information to reporters, I can’t say. Far more obvious than someone from the FBI trying to play politics is Trump trying to control the supposedly independent Justice Department.

      1. Unfortunately, the Justice Dept has never been independent of the Presidency. The President appoints the head of the DOJ, the FBI, the IRS, and so forth. In the case of the Attorney General, that position has always been particularly close to the Presidency. Obama was a close friend of Eric Holder; even their wives were close friends. JFK appointed his brother Bobby as AG. It were make for a better government if it weren’t the case, but the President appoints his own Executive Branch, and he can hire and fire them at will.

  2. I find the whole “He lost his pension” dubious. He probably lost part of it. And I have no doubt he can appeal.

    1. i always thought our US gov’t gave Traitors like McCabe, etc., a fair trial & upon being found guilty by a jury the McCabe type Traitors would face a firing squad or be properly Hung til dead.

      Giving Pensions to American hating Trash, yea, I don’t so.

      Hey Comey, Mueller, Judge Rudy, etc., are you listening to the US People?

  3. I thought McCabe’s response was interesting. Its basically “Hurrah for James Comey and the Mueller investigation”.

    Not a good way of showing you’re a non-partisan FBI who’s been wronged.

    BTW, its been almost 10 months and I still don’t know why DAG Rosenstein gave Mueller a blank check OR what crime Trump committed. That’s the person that REALLY needs to be fired.

    1. Calling for justice against traitors and criminals is nothing at all like partisanship; unless of course Hannity has decided that some crimes are okay as long as the day glo bozo is the criminal. If that’s the case, I’m so sorry for your loss.

      this is to “I have a hannity tattoo across my lower back” rcoceania

  4. The inane Mueller “Investigation of Nothing” must be diplomatically adjourned before it embarrasses itself and “withers on the vine”. To this point, Obergruppenfuhrer Mueller may yet claim innocence by reason of an inordinate desire for fame driven by vanity. If he persists, his own culpability as a dutiful mercenary of the “deep state” will be revealed.

    If Hillary committed transgressions during and subsequent to her term as Secretary of State, FBI Director Mueller, who held that office during 9/11, was charged with discovering them.

    He didn’t.

    1. This “deep state” entity which you have publicly identified is intriguing. It seems that through your dogged and tlreless sleuthing, you have brought to light a nefarious cabal of dastardly ne’er-do-wells; apparently hell-bent on eradicating our ‘Merican way of life; our love of hot dogs and mom; or fluoridating our precious bodily fluids; or some such other subversive deed. Please elucidate further on your exciting discovery.

      this is to “Inspector Clouseau, at your service” georgie

      1. Marky Mark Mark – this is the third time you have used the exact same comment. You need new material. Evidently working on those Chapter 7s has stunted your brain.

      2. Alan Redux:

        March 7, 2018 at 8:29 PM

        “Character matters. ”

        Get over it, Mark. Your parents bought a condo when they should have bought a condom.

    1. Paul C. Schulte,..
      McCabe would have been eligible to immediately start collecting his full pension ( at his
      current age, 50) had he not been fired.
      Given that he was fired, I think he’ll have to wait 7-12 years before receiving his pension.
      In the private sector, I think 65 is still the standard age for a partially-vested employee to start receiving pension benefits.
      The FBI ( and probably most federal employee) have different sets of rules governing vesting.

      1. Federal employees get a full pension after 30 years, with one exception: law enforcement agents get their pensions after 20 years. McCabe didn’t make it to 20 years. They fired him on his last day. I’m not saying he didn’t deserve to be fired. He was arrogant and involving himself in politics, which federal employees are supposed to steer clear of. But stripping him and his family of his pension still seems unnecessarily harsh. It’s not like he can start over at age 50.

        1. Even if he loses his pension, he will not have a hard row to hoe. The DNC will come to his aid. Terry McAuliffe will hire him, or some other bigwig. He will get put on a board of some company.

          I agree about the pensions, how people have expectations, but right now, it is war, and he is just collateral damage IMHO. I suspect the IG’s report will be pretty damning.

          Squeeky Fromm
          Girl Reporter

        2. Comey will likely make millions from his book deal.
          There may be a McCabe $book$ that comes out of this, which could more than offset the lost years of the pension benefits.
          I’d like to see the IG Report, and also the closed Comgressional testimony that McCabe gave shortly before he resigned as Deputy Director.

          1. No way the Democrats are going to leave McCabe hanging out there financially where he might have an incentive to cut a deal. He is already set up somewhere in a cushy position.

            Squeeky Fromm
            Girl Reporter

          2. Tom, I’m tryin to get off here, but I saw this topic you posted about earlier & I wondered… If Comey/McCabe Mueller/Rosenstein etc…. are in Federal Prison for what I believe is their Treason can they still profit from a book dale, etc.. ?

            1. Oky1,…
              I don’t know if they’d have to forfeit the proceeds from a book deal if they were convicted and serving time in prison.
              Do you think Mueller’s getting ready to charge them😊😂?
              All joking aside, I think that they’re pretty safe from prosecution, even if there’s a second special prosector appointed.
              That prosecutor could cause them to run up all kinds of legal fees
              and keep them really busy with subpeonas, etc.
              But unless something else is uncovered about their activities at the FBI, I don’t see any charges being brought against any of these people.

              1. Tom,

                I’m not sure but I think they have to either Roll & seek safety in the witness protection program or eat their own gun or have evil people in the gov’t make it look again like another murder suicide where a Comey/McCabe/Mueller or a Rosenstein eat their own gun.

                Who knows, but this crap has to have closure for the public I think.

            2. I agree that McCabe isn’t going to end up in a trailer park eating crackers and cat food. He’ll find some cushy consultant job somewhere. But I’m concerned about the possibility that this can happen to a low-level brown bagger government employee. They find some reason to fire him a day before his pension vests and the government gets to keep his 20 or 30 years of contributions to his retire fund? Actually, I suppose the good thing that may come out of this is that someone like McCabe has the resources to challenge that practice in court. Hopefully some fat Demo law firm in D.C. will take his case and the courts will require the government to rewrite the law to make it more equitable. Remember that FBI agent, Robert Hanssen, who was convicted of spying for Russia? He got life in prison, but the Bureau let him keep his prison, because they thought it would be unfair to punish his wife and kids for his criminal actions, which were far worse than what McCabe did. So they do have discretion in these matters…..

          3. James Comey is about to bark on a c.10 city speaking tour, to promote his book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership”.
            I haven’t seen any advanced copies of the book, or his speeches.
            But they are both rumored to portray Comey in a very favorable light. 😊😉😀

            1. Tom Nash – I heard Comey is charging a $97 entry fee to his book events. You going?

              1. Paul C. Schulte, I think I’ll pass.
                It’ll be interesting to see the turnout/ response to Comey’s speeches, and the content of those speeches.
                Also, a Q&A session might be interesting.
                We’ll see if McCabe gets the same agent as Comey for his projects.

        3. No worries for McCabe TIN. He’s got enough connections to get a high paying lobbying position – the Dims take care of their own. Look at DWS!

          1. True; I don’t expect to see him as a Walmart greeter, and at age 50, he still has some employable years left. It’s hard to believe that in this day and age, the government still allows people to retire with a full, lifetime pension after only 20 years of service. Those law enforcement pensions were modeled after the military back in the 1940s when people smoke and drank and weren’t as healthy. And law enforcement positions generally meant real cops who had to be young and healthy to chase punks and wrestle them to the ground. But since then, we’ve had a massive boom in federal investigative and I.G. positions that are primarily desk jobs and don’t require any more physically ability than any civilian desk job. These exceedingly generous LEO pensions are bankrupting states like Calif and the federal government. It’s long past time that LEO positions have a regular 30 year career. Besides saving the taxpayers billions, it will help reduce the situation where people go into law enforcement for the benefits, but don’t want the job, like that cop in Florida who stood outside the high school while kids were being shot. That’s a classic guy who wasn’t cut out to be a cop, but went into it only for the generous benefits and pension.

  5. Why did they deprive him of his pension? The song: Lawyers, Guns and Money is appropriate.

  6. I believe McCabe should have been fired, but taking his pension is unfair and an overreach. It is money that he earned over a 20 year career. Unless the government can show that he was an unacceptable performer or unethical throughout most of those 20 years, it seems that the government keeping his pension amounts to at best, a windfall for the government to squander, and at worst, theft. If it can be proven that he engaged in misconduct, say, during the last two years of his 20 year career, then he should be granted a pension based on his 18 years of acceptable performance.

    1. I agree with you on this. People’s pensions should not be screwed with. BUT, this is a knife fight. The Democrats refused to do the right thing with Hillary, and bounce her a$$ over to a Grand Jury. They covered up for her, and lied and mislead people about the seriousness of what she did.

      Then, they launched this ridiculous Russian Collusion nonsense and have come after Trump with everything but Russian Collusion.

      Sooo, Trump has good instincts on this. It is time to get medieval on the Democrats. They need something to lose. They have one special counsel, Sessions needs to launch a half dozen after them. Drive them into the sea!

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

      1. The federal grand jury didn’t find anything “ridiculous” apparently. Neither did any of the defendant’s who have pleaded guilty so far, I’ll reckon. Further, the frenzied and panicked day glo bozo doesn’t act is if there’s anything “ridiculous” about whatever the Special Prosecutor is zeroing in on.

        this is to squeeKKK

        1. Marky Mark Mark – the President does not appear panicked and he seems to be finally getting the Cabinet he wants. You really are clueless. I do not understand why you come here to insult people.

      2. Out of curiosity, what do you believe Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Rick Gates, Erik Prince, Michael Cohen, and Carter Page were doing in all those undisclosed meetings with Russians which all but possibly one (Cohen) later lied about?

        1. Enigma, so far all we know about those meetings is stuff the White House leaked to the press no doubt to make those meetings seem at least innocuous and, if at all possible, even innocent (don’t laugh). We are all supposed to be exactly as naïve as our POTUS needs us to be. His supporters are already on board with that plan. So what does curiosity have to do with MAGA, anyhow???

    2. TIN

      Remember Martha Stewart?

      She told one lie to an FBI agent and went to jail. Plus her brand lost many millions in value.

      Seems that Mr. McCabe is getting off lightly.

      1. I would rather do two years in prison like Martha than lose my pension. McCabe is 50 years old. The pension would give him a monthly income for probably another 30 years, and his wife for another 5-10 if she outlives him.

        1. One good thing about it is the chilling effect it should have on other FBI agents who think they are entitled to meddle in politics. Peter Strrkk (sp?) and Lisa Page should be the next to get the boot. I’m sure 99% of FBI agents in the field are just doing their jobs and keeping politics out of it, but the ones who climb the ladder to positions of power in the D.C. Headquarters are often arrogant and full of themselves and think they are above the law.

  7. I find it amazing how many apologists on the left will call McCabe a martyr.

    Remember that the FBI will jail you for telling them one lie.

    Same guy who would jail us for lying now begged for mercy for the same offence.

  8. Professor Turley, there is a malignant cancer growing on the FBI/DOJ Intel “Deep State”; the dominoes are beginning to fall. You might consider this a chance to position yourself on the right side of history with a call for the appointment of a second special investigator.

  9. Just from what has been published about Mr. McCabe, he should’ve been fired long ago. Campaigning for his wife, not recusing himself from the Clinton email investigation, holding back possible additional emails from Anthony Weiner’s laptop and now this leaking to the press.

    What an utter shame that it also took a lot of pressure from fellow FBI agents to get this accomplished. We pray this is just the tip of the iceberg for criminal charges against many American enemy combatants.

    But we certainly won’t be holding our breath.

    1. In all seriousness, it may very well raise the morale of FBI agents who are out there doing their jobs, to see that some windbag in D.C. Headquarters is held to the same standards as the rank-and-file. I know some IRS agents who were thrilled when ol’ Lois Lerner was kicked to the curb.

      1. I think it more likely that they see that twenty years of service and financial stability can be wiped away in an instant because of the petty vindictiveness of a politician.

        1. The internal OPR investigators at the FBI made the firing recommendation. And word is they have a lot more on McCabe. A lot more. This issue isn’t his pension, it’s whether he will be prosecuted. Turley has said the pension is the least of McCabe’s worries.

          1. “The word is,” and “Turley has said,” is hardly evidence. I don’t know what is in the report and I’m fairly sure Turley doesn’t either. It will eventually be released and we will see.
            There can hardly be any doubt of the pressure applied by the President who has been attacking McCabe, coincidentally since we found he would substantiate Comey’s testimony. Just maybe the folks at the OPR have concerns about their own pensions as well?

            1. My point is that it was an internal investigation that began before Trump was in office, not the ‘petty vindictiveness of a politician’ that got McCabe fired.

              Maybe the folks at the OPR are watching closely how this is all handled for a different reason — like maybe a desire to restore the integrity and reputation of the agency by clearing out the political rot at the top? If you think Comey was respected by the rank and file, think again.

              1. It was the “petty vindictiveness” and pressure applied directly to the Attorney General that saw the firing take place at a speed never before seen without due process. To suggest Trump had nothing to do with is calls wor willful ignorance.

                1. enigma – there was more than due process and I think you are being woefully ignorant.

                  1. Paul – Then surely there are other examples of cases being rushed through the system and decisions being made on a Friday night at 10 pm? I don’t know what the IG report says, he may possibly have committed some egregious error. The President screaming for his head likely played a role with Sessions if nobody else.

                    1. enigma – my understanding is that the IG’s report is looking for his head.

                2. Enigma,..
                  What was the “due process” supposed to be in McCabe’s case?
                  And how were his due process rights violated?

                3. It was the “petty vindictiveness” and pressure applied directly to the Attorney General that saw the firing take place at a speed never before seen without due process.

                  At what speed is due process supposed to take? Mueller speed?

                  1. Speed not dictated by the whims of the President, who shouldn’t be involving himself in the first place. BTW, Mueller seems to be moving rather quickly given the vast amount of corruption to review.

                    1. McCabe had been on “terminal leave” since January, waiting for his 50th nirthday and retirement benefits to kick in this weekend.
                      The decision of the OPR probably had time during that period from late January to mull over whether he’d be allowed to “beat the clock”.
                      It might have been better if they’d pulled the rug out from under him sooner….I don’t know the behind the scenes activities of the IG, Wray, Sessions, Trump, the OPR. etc.— but those complaining about the timing of McCabe’s firing would be complaining if he was fired a week ago, or a month ago.
                      The “speed” or the “timing” isn’t the main issue for those rushing to McCabe’s defense.

                    2. Forget Trump. It doesn’t get any more political than McCabe sitting in his 7th floor FBI office plotting with other bureaucrats on just how to “handle” the outcome of a presidential election in order to prevent one candidate from taking office. He was fired ‘for cause.”

                4. He was fired ‘for cause’ on the recommendation of the investigators. He has the right to appeal. He chose to step down from his post and take leave, with pay, and to retire early, because he knew what was coming and he was hoping to ride it out. Why should they have waited to fire him?

                    1. We don’t “know” that. That’s your assumption. I’ll say it again, he was fired ‘for cause.’ Why was it wrong to fire him? That’s how it works in the private sector.

                    2. If they had announced McCabe’s firing in January, you’d say ” it was rushed”.
                      If they’d announced it in February, you’d ckaim “it was rushed”.
                      The optics/ timing of McCabe’s firing could havd been handled better, but you have no way of knowing if Sessions just got together on the last 36-48 hours to start considering this.
                      There were events since at least January that led up to this.

                  1. Enigma,

                    You don’t seem to have any knowledge of the internal activities within the DOJ and FBI
                    …that’s what prompted my questioning of your statement that McCabe’s due process rights” were violated.
                    You still haven’t answered that question.

                    1. Enigma,…
                      If McCabe is going to argue that he was denied due process because of Trump’s tweets, he’ll lose that argument.
                      He may have already made that point to the DOJ before he was fired.
                      He and Comey both appear to be gearing up for a PR war, which they may or may not win.
                      But McCabe will likely find it impossible to reinstete his “50 and out” pension on the basis that he was denied due process.

                  2. T Bob,..
                    – It’s not clear if Enigma feels that McCabe’s due process rights were violated because he was fired too late, or too early, or because he was fired, period. That’s why I (was) asking specifically HOW Enigma thinks McCabe was denied due process.

                    1. McCabe wasn’t fired sooner because the IG Horowitz was authorized to investigate ‘current’ employees. They needed to keep McCabe, Strok and Page there to complete the investigation. Firing McCabe too soon would have prevented the IG from fully investigating McCabe. We will find out more when the full IG report comes out — which will be in the spring, right about the time Comey is in full swing on his book tour. Oh boy.

  10. Although I understand the “spin” on what OPR said, a firing is simply political and it is about Sessions trying to satisfy one man: The Sitting President of the United States–and on a Friday–and as the President recruits TV Pundits to staff the Administration (including apparently 19 sources being cited by the Washington Post about the apparent replacement of the VA Secretary) and humiliating by dismissing a distinguished General with an apparent apologist for #Iraq & a paid agent of an Iranian opposition cult. This just can’t be the new normal in the profound challenging times. . On a side note, congrats to you Prof. Turley on achieving the 34 Million Visitor milestone

    1. Federal employees have a 402b plan, which is the same as a 401k. They take money out of the employee’s paycheck and invest it. It is managed by professional fund managers and generates a decent rate of return. Normally, if a employee is terminated, he gets all his contributions back, but none of the growth, interest or accumulated earnings. So essentially, it’s the same as if he had kept his retirement funds in a coffee can for 20 years.

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