Attorney General Jeff Sessions Fires Andrew McCabe

 

From the Washington Post:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire.

Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department Inspector General and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

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  1. harrisventures Coolidge
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    https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/16/politics/andrew-mccabe-fired/index.html

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  2. harrisventures Coolidge
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    National Security

    FBI’s Andrew McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire

    McCabe Fired – WP

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  3. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Will be interesting to see which way this plays.  Another special counsel?  A judge that will find something that makes this illegal and stops it.  Mueller expanding his collusion, obstruction, etc investigation.  Demands for Sessions to step down.  The possibilities are endless.

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  4. Quake Voter Inactive
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    Doesn’t this make Trump’s firing of Comey the biggest own goal in recent history?   Imagine Comey’s position if Sessions had really pushed an investigation into the Obama DOJ/FBI while he was still the director?

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  5. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    harrisventures: I think this means he loses his pension.

    Doubtful

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  6. harrisventures Coolidge
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    The possibilities are endless.

    Fasten your seat belts, we may be in for a little turbulence…

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  7. Quake Voter Inactive
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    McCabe is 49 years old.  He could easily parlay his retirement from the Acting Director position at the FBI into a corner office partnership in charge of compliance/internal investigations billing out at $1000 per hour.

    If the IG Report forms the basis for disbarment Sessions’ action could be the first step in a process which could cost McCabe millions.

    Let’s hope.

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  8. tigerlily Member
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    harrisventures: I think this means he loses his pension.

    Doubtful

    The reporting I’ve heard on this is that he loses his pension; however, I’m sure he could either file some sort of grievance and get a hearing, or the two parties could come to some kind of agreement that allows him to keep his pension with maybe a reduced level.

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  9. OldPhil Coolidge
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    McCabe is 49 years old. He could easily parlay his retirement from the Acting Director position at the FBI into a corner office partnership in charge of compliance/internal investigations billing out at $1000 per hour.

    If the IG Report forms the basis for disbarment Sessions’ action could be the first step in a process which could cost McCabe millions.

    Let’s hope.

    Even if that happens, Terry McAuliffe or one of the other rich Democrats will hire him as a “consultant.” He’ll be fine unless someone decides to prosecute him.

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  10. Mike-K Member
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    If the IG Report forms the basis for disbarment Sessions’ action could be the first step in a process which could cost McCabe millions.

    I am hearing that this is the proverbial tip of an iceberg. I don’t see how his pension could be confiscated unless there are serious crimes.

    At least, unlike Comey and Mueller, he was an agent.

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  11. EDISONPARKS Member
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    It’s a first step.

    The Obama death penalty: “early retirement with a full pension” is now being challenged …. “early retirement with NO pension” …. Ohh the humanity!!!!

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  12. Quake Voter Inactive
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    McCabe is 49 years old. He could easily parlay his retirement from the Acting Director position at the FBI into a corner office partnership in charge of compliance/internal investigations billing out at $1000 per hour.

    If the IG Report forms the basis for disbarment Sessions’ action could be the first step in a process which could cost McCabe millions.

    Let’s hope.

    Even if that happens, Terry McAuliffe or one of the other rich Democrats will hire him as a “consultant.” He’ll be fine unless someone decides to prosecute him.

    Maybe, but McAuliffe won’t be hiring him at $3 million per annum to oversee a team of junior partners and associates for the next 25 years.  Disbarment, even firing based on solid charges from the IG, is a big deal.

    Mr. McCabe’s world just got rocked.

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  13. CarolJoy Coolidge
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    harrisventures: I think this means he loses his pension.

    Doubtful

    McCabe will probably have to have a lawsuit to regain his pension. The FBI code of conduct is very clear that the most important part of an agent’s job is to be honest and forthright. This is set forth during all aspects of an agent’s training. And it has to hold true for those at the top as well as those at the bottom.

    The Office of Professional Responsibility is not beholden to anyone and certainly not to Pres Trump. McCabe made the decision to leak material to a Columbia Univ professor and then lied about it. So he did that without anyone holding a gun to his head, but  also very likely with the belief that Hillary Clinton would be President in Jan 2018.

    So therefore McCabe had no worries about his not  behaving in an  ethical manner because the unethical deeds would all be covered up once she was in the Oval Office. That Columbia U professor then went on to let the WSJ and other media use those leaks to offer up credibility to the Steele dossier, by which Trump’s reputation has been endlessly besmirched. Unfortunatedly for McCabe, HRC lost that election.

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  14. Gary Robbins Member
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    Shame on Sessions.

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  15. harrisventures Coolidge
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    CarolJoy (View Comment):
    That Columbia U professor then went on to let the WSJ and other media use those leaks to offer up credibility to the Steele dossier, by which Trump’s reputation has been endlessly besmirched. Unfortunatedly for McCabe, HRC lost that election.

    Let’s hope McCabe’s reputation gets endlessly besmirched. Or at least besmirched.

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  16. harrisventures Coolidge
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    Hi Gary…

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    How is this for an opening paragraph? (from zerohedge)

    After a long day of what seemed like the swamp protecting one of their dirtiest creatures, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, just over 24 hours before he was set to retire and claim his full pension benefits.

    McCabe Fired

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  17. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    McCabe is trying to politicize this, but the fact is that the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) recommended that he be fired. OPR is truly independent, from what I’ve heard, of the president. They wouldn’t have made the recommendation without pretty clear evidence of wrongdoing. It’s a high bar to clear. McCabe, from all indications, served admirably in the war on terror.

    Then, he, like so many others, was corrupted by the Clintons. He feared the Clintons. Like Cardinal Wolsey (Henry VIII’s high counselor during the Ann Boleyn matter), he was in an impossible situation. He placed a bet on Hillary winning, and he knew she would destroy him if he made the wrong move on her “matter”. He gambled big and he lost. Now, he must pay the price. Let the rule of law that he allegedly flouted hold him to account, and God bless America!

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  18. Quake Voter Inactive
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    Come on Gary.   Can we cut out the anathemas and shame casting?  It’s tiresome.  Maybe you could expound?   It is in your wheel house legally.

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  19. EDISONPARKS Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    Explain:

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  20. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    You can only type three words?

    (SOS would have been quicker.)

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  21. Gumby Mark Coolidge
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    Good for Sessions.

    Of course Mueller will now expand his obstruction investigation to cover the Sessions firing of McCabe!

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  22. Richard Easton Coolidge
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    How dare he hold people responsible for their actions.

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  23. carcat74 Member
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    WOW—he took ‘them’ out of storage and actually did the deed!  Maybe this move will get him a few more days as AG?  Did anyone here think McCabe would get canned?

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  24. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    The FBI Office of Professional Responsibility recommended his firing. Care to comment, sir?

     

     

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  25. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    Shame on Gary

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  26. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    BTW, on the other channels they’re saying Saturday night massacre. There is no longer any shared understanding of reality. Get ready for some craziness.

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  27. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    blood thirsty neocon (View Comment):
    BTW, on the other channels they’re saying Saturday night massacre. There is no longer any shared understanding of reality. Get ready for some craziness.

    I assume they are discussing impeachment?  I have not heard that mentioned for at least a day.

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  28. blood thirsty neocon Inactive
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    blood thirsty neocon (View Comment):
    BTW, on the other channels they’re saying Saturday night massacre. There is no longer any shared understanding of reality. Get ready for some craziness.

    I assume they are discussing impeachment? I have not heard that mentioned for at least a day.

    One thing they’re not discussing is the Office of Professional Responsibility. There is no answer for their recommendation. There is no impeaching their motives. The Never Trump coalition of scoundrels has no law and no facts to pound, so they are pounding the table.

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  29. Percival Thatcher
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):
    Shame on Sessions.

    Gary, you must see that what is at stake here is a whole lot more important than Donald Trump’s presidency. We put enormous power in the hands of our investigative government organs. They not only must be scrupulously honest, they cannot tolerate even the faintest whiff of impropriety. If they can’t maintain that, the whole structure could come crashing down. The Office of Professional Responsibility didn’t recommend a stern talking-to, or a letter of reprimand, or a demotion. They recommended termination. Trump couldn’t direct them to do that. Sessions couldn’t either.

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  30. Django Member
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    Sessions’ statement said “Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.”

    Yes; it’s a shame. A shame that McCabe isn’t being prosecuted. Yet. When I was growing up, lacking candor under oath was more properly called “lying under oath.”

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