There is no sound argument against the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the right decision – nay, the ONLY possible decision – when he fired Andrew McCabe on Friday night. McCabe himself released a statement accusing Donald Trump and his administration of waging war on the intelligence community, the media cast McCabe as an innocent public servant, and the far left prepared to march in the streets should Trump turn his eye towards shutting down the Mueller investigation. But beyond all the drama and hype and political nonsense, there remains only the facts of McCabe’s wrongdoing. And those facts speak louder and more clearly than any member of the “resistance” ever could.
“Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Sessions said in a statement.
No doubt, McCabe is upset – you would be too if you lost out on your full retirement package two days before you would have been entitled to it. But just because something seems “unfair” to the employee doesn’t mean it’s actually unfair. And while it’s unfortunate that a man with McCabe’s record of public service allowed himself to get caught up in the politicization of the Obama Justice Department in the final years of his tenure, the evidence is clear: He did.
Actions have consequences.
To be completely fair to McCabe, whom we do not know personally and who, voting records show, is actually registered as a Republican, we’ll call his ethics missteps “mistakes.” We’ll leave open the possibility, however slim, that he actually did not consider what he was doing to be wrong in any way. That defies credibility in a few instances, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter. The fact that he SHOULD have known is damning enough.
What should he have known?
He should have known that his wife had no business accepting political donations from friends of the Clintons when running for state office in Virginia. He further should have known he needed to recuse himself from the Clinton email investigation once those donations were accepted.
He should have known, in September of 2016 when a trove of classified Clinton emails were found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, that this was something that FBI Director James Comey needed to know about. Instead, he sat on this bombshell for a month until internal pressure became too great. Had that pressure not been there, he would have almost certainly withheld this information until after the election was over.
He should have known, in his capacity as Deputy Director of the FBI, that the Bureau had an obligation to inform the FISA court that the dossier – the claims of which formed the foundation for the application – was a political document bought and paid for by Trump’s 2016 opponent. He did no such thing.
Finally, he should have known better than to speak to the press about an ongoing investigation – the FBI’s inquiry into the crimes of the Clinton Foundation. But since he was already in hot water for trying to limit the scope of that investigation (if not kill it entirely), he felt obligated to defend his reputation. In doing so, he crossed a line that the Inspector General of the Justice Department could not ignore.
McCabe’s firing comes as a logical and predictable result of his own actions. And that’s all there is to it.