FARRELL: It Ain’t Over For Andy McCabe
From Chris Farrell’s Op-Ed for The Daily Caller:
Is Andrew McCabe off the hook? Don’t count on it. The former FBI deputy director has been one of the central figures in the various anti-Trump coup plots that have unfolded over the last four years. He was well placed to do it, serving as deputy director 2016-2018, and briefly as acting director in 2017. He had means, motive and opportunity to abuse his power to the hilt.
McCabe’s downfall was rapid. He stepped down from the deputy directorship in January 2018, ahead of findings from the DOJ Office of the Inspector General that he “lacked candor,” a.k.a lied, to investigators, on several occasions, even under oath. He was fired in March 2018, just days before he would have been eligible to retire with full pension, and in April it was revealed that the IG had made a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. The IG report that was made public that month detailed how McCabe systematically transmitted sensitive information to the media while lying to investigators and his boss about the matter and publicly condemning the leaks. is a useful case study in the type of duplicity that thrives in Washington’s government/media complex.
In the last few days, the Justice Department announced that McCabe would not face trial for these particular crimes. McCabe, of course, declared vindication. He told his media employer CNN that being branded a liar was “one of the most sickening and demeaning experiences of [his] life” and that it was “just an absolute disgrace that they let this thing drag on as long as they did and put my family through what we’ve gone through over the last two years.” He said he was “just disgusted at the way the whole thing has been handled.”
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