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Don't Be Deceived - Andrew McCabe's Firing Was *Not* A Trump Hit Job

The Trumpenhass Collective are on mission to obfuscate the reasons and circumstances of Andrew McCabe’s firing – the aim being to deceive people into believing that McCabe was an innocent just doing his job, only to be made the victim of a hit job ordered by Donald Trump.

Don’t be deceived; Andrew McCabe’s firing was not a hit job but the result of a process that went through career DOJ and FBI officials at every step. 

This is from Lawfare Blog – a blog whose proprietors hate Trump with as much heat and all-consuming passion as any.

… though Sessions made the ultimate call to fire McCabe, the public record shows that the process resulting in the FBI deputy director’s dismissal involved career Justice Department and FBI officials—rather than political appointees selected by President Trump—at crucial points along the way. To begin with, the charges against McCabe arose out of the broader Justice Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation.

While the inspector general is appointed by the president, the current head of that office, Michael Horowitz, was appointed by President Barack Obama and is himself a former career Justice Department lawyer. As Jack Goldsmith has written, the inspector general has a great deal of statutory independence, which Horowitz has not hesitated to use: Most notably, he produced a highly critical 2012 report into the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” program. So a process that begins with Horowitz and his office carries a presumption of fairness and independence.

Trumpenhass want you to believe that Michael Horowitz is a Trumpkin and that he lied on McCabe on Trump’s orders. But without actually coming out to say it – because they know they would be laughed out of the room by anyone with a modicum of knowledge.

After investigating McCabe, Horowitz’s office provided a report on McCabe’s conduct to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which investigates allegations of misconduct against bureau employees. This office is headed by career Justice Department official Candace Will, whom then-FBI Director Robert Mueller appointed to lead the OPR in 2004.

Did you get that? This is someone annointed into her position by the holy hand of the Trumpenhass idol, the man that they adore above all others, the man who can do no wrong, the savior of America, their very own Robert Mueller, himself!

According to Sessions, the Office of Professional Responsibility agreed with Horowitz’s assessment that McCabe “lacked candor” in speaking to internal investigators.

In case you think lacking candor is something created by Donald Trump and not something taken seriously by the FBI before Trump came along, this is what the Lawfare folks have to say about it;

The FBI takes telling the truth extremely seriously: “lack of candor” from employees is a fireable offense—and people are fired for it. Moreover, it doesn’t take an outright lie to be dismissed. In one case, the bureau fired an agent after he initially gave an ambiguous statement to investigators as to how many times he had picked up his daughter from daycare in an FBI vehicle. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled against the agent when he appealed, finding that “lack of candor is established by showing that the FBI agent did not ‘respond fully and truthfully’ to the questions he was asked.”

If junior agents can be fired for the same offense, why should McCabe be exempt?

Finally, Sessions’s statement references “the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official” in advocating McCabe’s firing on the basis of the OIG and OPR determinations. (The official in question appears to be Associate Deputy Attorney General Scott Schools.)

So while Sessions made the decision to dismiss McCabe, career officials or otherwise independent actors were involved in conducting the investigation into the deputy director and recommending his dismissal on multiple levels.

Remember that these are the same people who celebrate Michael Flynn’s indictment and coerced guilty plea even as they are now lamenting McCabe’s firing (with no risk of jail time) for the same offense.

So, know the facts. Don’t be deceived.