FBI Director Points to the Inspector General's Report Hours After McCabe's Sudden Resignation
FBI Deputy Directory Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of Republicans for possible conflicts of interest in his role in the Clinton email investigation, among other things, resigned Monday, and speculation first began to circulate that it was Trump’s ax yet again coming down on someone he didn’t like.
That turned out not to be the case, however — and the director of the FBI quickly pointed to the upcoming inspector general’s report into how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation.
In an email to employees, FBI Director Christopher Wray indicated he’d seen the report and alluded to the fact that it had precipitated McCabe’s resignation, NBC News reported.
McCabe announced his resignation Monday, seven weeks before his expected retirement date, and the immediate assumption among the press was that the president — who has made no secret of his problems with McCabe — had something to do with it. However, FBI insiders said that wasn’t the case.
Instead, Wray’s message to FBI employees seemed to answer the mystery.
“It would be inappropriate for me to comment on specific aspects of the IG’s review right now,” Wray wrote, according to NBC’s report.
“But I can assure you that I remain staunchly committed to doing this job, in every respect, ‘by the book.’ I will not be swayed by political or other pressure in my decision making.”
“In the next paragraph,” NBC reported, “Wray explained that McCabe had submitted his intention to retire, suggesting a connection between the findings of the IG report and McCabe’s decision.
“Several sources familiar with McCabe’s move said he made his decision as a result of a meeting with Wray in which the inspector general’s investigation was discussed.”
According to The New York Times, during that meeting, Wray had floated a demotion for McCabe as a response to the forthcoming IG report.
McCabe has been a target of conservatives ever since it became known that the top Clinton email investigator’s wife had received a nearly $500,000 donation in her Virginia state Senate run from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat considered to be one of Hillary Clinton’s top surrogates.
Nevertheless, it didn’t take long for the left to start blaming Trump for McCabe’s departure, with CNN’s Ana Navarro comparing it to the Holocaust:
First, he came for Comey, & they didn’t speak out b/c they were Trump apologists
Then, he came for McCabe, & they didn’t speak out b/c they were Trump apologists
Next, he’ll come for Rosestein & they won’t speak out b/c they’re Trump apologists
Last, he’ll come for Mueller…
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) January 29, 2018
I don’t think that’s what Martin Niemöller had in mind when he wrote “First they came…”
No matter what the IG report says, the fact is that Andrew McCabe should have never been working the case, the same way that Peter Strzok should have never been working the case. There were blatant conflicts of interest. Then again, the Democrats are used to conflicts of interest. Just look at how they support Robert Mueller.
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