Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is the latest government official to enrich himself by smearing the president of the United States.
In his book entitled “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump,” McCabe talks about taking steps to have the president removed through the mechanism of the 25th Amendment. In a Third World country, the efforts of unelected bureaucrats to engineer the ouster of the duly elected president would be called an attempted coup, and the conspirators would face serious consequences. Here they make the rounds on TV and enrich themselves by pandering to the delusions of the far left.
The Atlantic has published an excerpt of McCabe’s book, and “60 Minutes” has an interview coming out this weekend. Much of the significant testimony concerns the brief period when McCabe was acting director after James Comey was fired.
After Comey’s firing, the core of my concern had to do with what might happen to the Russia case if I were to be removed. I convened a series of meetings about that investigation … in which I directed an overall review of every aspect. Was the work on solid ground? Were there individuals on whom we should consider opening new cases? I wanted to protect the Russia investigation in such a way that whoever came after me could not just make it go away.
“The Russia case” is the polite way of referring to “the insurance policy” coined by FBI agent Peter Strzok to refer to the agency’s plan to undermine Trump if he should defeat the FBI’s preferred candidate Hillary Clinton. In other words, the Russia case is the manufactured fake dossier of unsubstantiated rumors about The Trump campaign put together and paid for by Clinton and her Democratic allies. McCabe proudly talks about trying to have President Trump removed from office after he fired Comey, and he takes credit for starting criminal investigations against the president. Again, the word that comes to mind is “coup” followed by “character assassination” and “dirty tricks.”
It is noteworthy that the Department of Justice and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, no friend of Trump, have already rebutted the most colorful claims in McCabe’s public pronouncements.
“The Deputy Attorney General again rejects Mr. McCabe’s recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect. The Deputy Attorney General never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references… There is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment. Finally, the Deputy Attorney General never spoke to Mr. Comey about appointing a Special Counsel. The Deputy Attorney General in fact appointed Special Counsel Mueller, and directed that Mr. McCabe be removed from any participation in that investigation.”
Rosenstein isn’t himself beyond reproach, but at least he wasn’t fired from his job in disgrace like McCabe. You’ll hear much more about McCabe in the coming weeks, but all you need to remember is the key three words — “fired in disgrace.”
Frank Miele writes from Kalispell, Montana, at www.HeartlandDiaryUSA.com and is a columnist at Real Clear Politics. To see more of my columns about the Dishonest Media, the Deep Swamp, the failed presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and Trump’s war to restore American greatness, read pmy “Why We Needed Trump” trilogy. The books are available at Amazon in paperback or Kindle editions. Also please considering leaving a review in support of my conservative commentary on one or all of my book pages at Amazon! Thanks!