After being fired by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday, FBI’s former No.2 official, Andrew McCabe, released a statement saying he is being targeted because he is a crucial witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.
McCabe, who played a crucial role in the bureau’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election, believes he is being politically targeted because he corroborated former FBI Director James Comey’s claims that Trump tried to pressure him into killing the Russia probe.
You can read McCabe’s lengthy statement via NBC News, below:
JUST IN: Statement from Andrew McCabe: “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.” https://t.co/t2XUf57p21 pic.twitter.com/Y6uv6gZ5pA
— ABC News (@ABC) March 17, 2018
McCabe’s dismissal came two days before his 50th birthday when he would have been eligible to retire from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his full pension. The firing, which comes nine months after Trump fired Comey, puts McCabe’s pension in jeopardy.
Trump and other Republicans have accused McCabe, a lifelong Republican who worked at the FBI for more than 20 years, of political bias and conflicts in connection with his oversight of investigations related to Clinton. Most, if not all, of the criticism, stemmed from his wife, Jill McCabe, a Democrat, who received donations for her 2015 Virginia state Senate campaign from Terry McAuliffe, who was then the state’s governor and an ally of the Clintons.
McCabe did not start overseeing the investigations until after his wife’s campaign ended, the FBI has said, and therefore did not have a conflict of interest, unlike so-called President Trump, who has an ongoing list of conflict of interests.
By firing McCabe, Trump acted out of spite, taking away the pension the FBI official had earned after 21 years. McCabe had already pledged to retire, but being the big bully that he is, Trump purposely fired him 48 hours before. This also proves that Trump acted out of fear by trying to discredit an important witness in the obstruction case. The American people are not oblivious to this fact and we all can see through Trump’s massive illegalities and corruption that he is desperately trying to hide.
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