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Just Read FBI Deputy Director McCabe's Statement Regarding His Firing By Trump

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2018 at 9:04 PM
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Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI.

For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The president’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about it.

No more.

The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau and to make it clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the same type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.

But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.

I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I have always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was prevailed to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.

I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.


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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Mar. 17, 2018 at 9:52 PM
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Its very clear to EVERYONE that isnt a Trump supporter what this witch hunt is.

Trumpety turd is having a tantrum.

Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2018 at 11:02 PM
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I really feel bad for him. Who else will the POTUS and this administration/regime scapegoat?
meriana
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2018 at 11:11 PM
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Quoting Bookwormy: I really feel bad for him. Who else will the POTUS and this administration/regime scapegoat?

My guess is anyone who isn't seen as very, very loyal to Trump.  

nb34
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2018 at 8:03 AM
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45 is going down, these are his last tantrums trying to do everything he can to stop this investigation. 

"This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day." 

What I want to know is if 45 and his buddies have nothing to hide, why are they panicking and firing everyone? Isn't this the conservative's moto: "I have nothing to hide, so I don't care if the government is going to infringe on my privacy?" At least that's what they kept saying after the Patriot Act was passed.

idunno1234
by Platinum Member on Mar. 18, 2018 at 8:50 AM
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The things that are going to come out when Trump's presidency is history, man oh man.  Its enough, the things we see right in front of us now to know how crazy this administration is and yet some still think he's the best thing since sliced bread.   Go figure.

Beyond that, it sickens me that tax payer dollars are used to drive political agendas which taints agencies and departments that actually have a job to do, jobs they can't do effectively because so much time and money is spent on this shit.

niceandhappy
by Silver Member on Mar. 18, 2018 at 9:07 AM
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Except that Comey  said, when he testified before congress in May, that he did not give permission for anyone from the FBI to talk to the media about the Clinton or Trump investigations. One of them is lying....again.

McCabe stepped down after Rosenstein saw the preliminary OIG report. Rosenstein was going to demote him but he chose to step down instead. No word from McCabe then! No denials. He thought he'd retire and it would all go away. 

Of course he's blaming Trump, although the OPR and OIG recommended he be fired. He refuses to take responsibility for his actions. He knows if he blames it on Trump, people will side with him. The OIG report will present the facts, and he'll look ridiculous. 

Btamilee2753
by Lee on Mar. 18, 2018 at 9:11 AM
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Patiently waiting for the IG report.  That may help to clear some of this up.  

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