Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has launched an online fundraiser on GoFundMe to raise $150,000 to cover the legal costs for McCabe. Money has poured in with adjustment of the “goal” upward to $250,000. It has now surpassed that goal. What is interesting is that McCabe is moving to tap into the contributions before the public learns what caused career Justice officials to seek the unprecedented termination of the former acting FBI Director.
We are still awaiting the release of the IG report but McCabe’s misconduct was sufficient to not only lead career FBI staff to call for his termination but FBI Director Andrew Wray to force him into a terminal leave upon reading the summary. People are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars without any information on what led to McCabe’s forced retirement and later termination.
Whatever is in that report led Wray, the OPR, the IG, and Sessions to move against McCabe. It is not surprising that, with the report subject to be released any day, McCabe is raising money now. He has been further assisted by the false narrative that he lost his pension after being fired a day before his retirement — a claim that I earlier disputed. He will receive roughly $2 million in a pension.
As with James Comey selling tickets for his publicity tour, these pitches are coming before the release of the actual findings. Indeed, both Comey and McCabe are currently being investigated by United States Attorney John Huber in conjunction with the Inspector General of the Justice Department. That investigation could result in a criminal referral for the same violation that led to the indictment of Michael Flynn. However, he now has over a quarter million dollars to use on any charges that may develop.
McCabe’s team unveiled the legal defense fund, hosted on the website GoFundMe, about 2 p.m. By 7 p.m., it had raised more than the new $250,000 goal (which was earlier set at $150,000). At this rate, it could easily reach half a million dollars in 48 hours . . . based solely on McCabe’s word that he was wrongly treated by career staff in the OPR and IG as well as Director Wray and Sessions.