WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
The firing culminates weeks of animus directed toward McCabe by President Donald Trump and his surrogates. In his statement firing McCabe, Sessions attempted to damage the reputation of the career FBI agent, who Sessions fired just hours before he was to retire and begin collecting a pension he’d earned in over 20 years of service to the bureau. Shortly after the firing, Trump, who had taken the unprecedented steps of publicly attacking an official in the FBI as the sitting president, took to his favorite social media platform to celebrate McCabe’s ouster.
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
Critics of the president, including former CIA director John O. Brennan, lambasted Trump on Twitter, calling out Trump’s “venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption.”
When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you. https://t.co/uKppoDbduj
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018
It’s unclear at this time what McCabe’s next steps will be. It’s widely known that he was set to retire this Sunday, with a pension. However, this development could deprive him of that pension, which many critics of the administration say is proof of that this move was a purely cynical and political one. Though McCabe’s decisions in the coming days are not yet known, one man has already reportedly reached out to the now former Deputy FBI Director — Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Mueller, who is leading an independent investigation into the 2016 Russian interference and subversion of the presidential election between Hillary Clinton and President Trump, reached out to McCabe according to several sources. Mueller reminded McCabe that his “door is always open.”
“Special Counsel Mueller sent an email to Mr. McCabe letting him know that his office door is always open,” one source familiar to the exchange told us via Skype. “Mueller just wanted Mr. McCabe to be well-aware of the fact that he’s here at the office most days, and that even though he has a very busy schedule, he can make room on it at a moment’s notice for someone like Mr. McCabe. Just…you know, in case there’s anything, anything at all, that he wants to get off his chest.”
McCabe has reportedly not responded to Mueller’s missive, but he did release a statement that accused President Trump and the administration of trying to destroy his reputation to discredit Mueller’s investigation, and said he will no longer be silent for the sake of the country.
Amid such criticism, McCabe said, he had remained silent “never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us.”
But, he added, “No more.” (Source)
This story is developing.