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In a blistering statement, Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said that he was fired as part of an “ongoing war” by President Trump against the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.
McCabe was fired late Friday night, less than two days before he was set to retire, after the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Justice Department. According to CNN, the report from that investigation, which has not been made public, concludes McCabe “misled investigators about his role in directing other officials at the FBI to speak to The Wall Street Journal about his involvement in a public corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.”
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Friday that he fired McCabe on the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. According to Sessions, an “extensive and fair investigation” came to the conclusion that McCabe “made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”
But McCabe strongly rejected those accusations. In his own statement, he decried “an unrelenting assault” against the reputation and credibility of him and his family, which he said was deliberately “amplified and exacerbated” by President Trump.
McCabe, who served as acting FBI director for three months after James Comey was abruptly fired in May 2017, has had a combative relationship with Trump since he contradicted the president’s assertion that Comey was disliked by FBI rank and file.
Trump has called publicly for McCabe to be fired on several occasions. But McCabe said Friday that he is “being singled out,” and that the OPR investigation was “accelerated,” because his recent testimony to the House Intelligence Committee corroborates “former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President.”
McCabe further called the OPR report an “attack on my credibility” and “slander,” and said it is a component of “this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation.”
“Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work,” McCabe added.
Trump celebrated McCabe’s firing with a characteristic tweet.
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
Read McCabe’s full statement below:
I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.
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.
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 misty fo 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.
From fellow politicians to Oscar winners and musicians, President Donald Trump casts a wide net in his internet insultery.
On Jan. 2, Trump tweeted, “Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!”The swipe at Emanuel allowed Trump to take a shot both at an elected Democratic Mayor, and his predecessor (for whom Rahm served as Chief of Staff.)
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
On May 9, Trump tweeted, “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, “I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.” Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp”
The Senate Minority leader has become a frequent critic of — and thus a frequent target for — Trump
Office of Sen. Schumer
On Feb. 3, Trump tweeted, “Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger did a really bad job as Governor of California and even worse on the Apprentice…but at least he tried hard!The terminator has had some tough words for Trump and so the president hit back where it hurts — Schwarzenegger’s ratings for “The Apprentice” (which he briefly hosted).
On Jan. 9, Trump tweeted, “Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes.
Streep had some choice words for Trump during her speech at the Golden Globes and the president noticed.
Rep. John Lewis
On Jan. 14, Trump tweeted, “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart…”
The Congressman vowed to boycott Trump’s inauguration, infuriating the newly elected president.
On Jan. 26, Trump tweeted, “Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!”
Trump, it seems, was not a fan of President Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal
On Feb. 9, Trump tweeted, “Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who never fought in Vietnam when he said for years he had (major lie), now misrepresents what Judge Gorsuch told him?”
Blumenthal is a near constant presence on MSNBC criticizing Trump — so this counterpunch was pretty much inevitable.
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On Feb. 12, Trump tweeted, “I know Mark Cuban well. He backed me big-time but I wasn’t interested in taking all of his calls. He’s not smart enough to run for president!”Cuban, a fellow billionaire and Hillary Clinton ally has made a point of getting under Trump’s skin throughout 2017.
DNC Chairman Thomas Perez
On Feb. 25, Trump tweeted, “Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!
Nothing personal here, just a bit of trolling
On March 4, Trump tweeted:
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
Trump went easier on his predecessor overall in 2017 — but he didn’t’ entirely forget about him.
NBC News Reporter David Kay Johnston
On March 15, Trump tweeted,
“Does anybody really believe that a reporter, who nobody ever heard of, “went to his mailbox” and found my tax returns? @NBCNews FAKE NEWS!”
Johnston — who got a rare subtweet from Trump — appeared on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow to discuss a portion of the president’s 2005 tax return.
On March 15, Trump tweeted, “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!” The President apparently didn’t care for a music video Snoop made in which the rapper seemingly shoots a fake Donald Trump.
Freedom Caucus Representatives
On March 30, Trump tweeted, “If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform.”
As negotiations over the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare dragged on, Trump often trained his ire at the recalcitrant Republican Freedom Caucus.
On April 1, Trump tweeted, “When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?”
Todd told TheWrap he has no idea why Trump calls him Sleepy Eyes and says the president doesn’t remember either.
On April 18, Trump tweeted, “Democrat Jon Ossoff would be a disaster in Congress. VERY weak on crime and illegal immigration, bad for jobs and wants higher taxes. Say NO.”
Trump campaigned hard for Ossoff’s rival in Georgia’s special congressional election, Republican Karen Handel (she won).
On May 10, Trump tweeted, “James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.”
Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May and has been angry at him ever since.
On May 31, Trump tweeted, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick!”
Griffin took enormous incoming fire after a photo of her holding a model of Donald Trump’s severed head went viral for all the wrong reasons.
“Crooked” Hillary Clinton
Trump has mocked Hillary plenty of times, but recently on November 18, Trump tweeted, “Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time. She just can’t stop, which is so good for the Republican Party. Hillary, get on with your life and give it another try in three years!”Not much explanation needed here. Trump bested “Crooked” Hillary in 2016 and seems intent on reminding us for ever and ever and ever.
On June 5, Trump tweeted, “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his “no reason to be alarmed” statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!”
When terrorism strikes London, the city’s Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, often finds himself in Trump’s crosshairs.
On June 13, Trump tweeted,
“A.G. Lynch made law enforcement decisions for political purposes…gave Hillary Clinton a free pass and protection. Totally illegal!”Lynch took a widely-criticized social meeting with Bill Clinton at an airport during the 2016 campaign and Trump has been complaining about it ever since.
Joe Scarborough and Mika “Bleeding Face” Brzezinski
On June 29, Trump tweeted,
“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came o Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”Widely considered one of Trump’s nastiest burns, the president was likely incensed by something the pair said on “Morning Joe.”
On July 25, Trump tweeted,”Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”
Trump went through a rough patch with his Attorney General and has long been cranky about Session’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe.
On July 25, Trump tweeted,
“Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!”Donations made to Hillary Clinton by the wife of the FBI’s then acting chief didn’t sit well with Trump.
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Sen. Lisa Murkowski
On July 26, Trump tweeted.
“Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!”
Murkowski helped kill Trump’s dream to repeal Obamacare and the president wanted to let her know how upset he was. But don’t worry — she voted in favor of the tax cut bill just a few months later.
Sen. Mitch McConnell
On August 24, Trump tweeted,
“The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed! That should NEVER have happened!”
On August 14, Trump tweeted
“Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Sen. Lindsey Graham
On August 17, Trump tweeted:”Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists. and people like Ms. Heyer. Such a disgusting lie. He just can’t forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember!”Graham has occasionally lightly criticized Trump and the president doesn’t appreciate it
Sen. Jeff Flake
On August 17, Trump tweeted:”Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!”
Flake has become the president toughest GOP critic in the Senate and Trump has not shied from giving it right back. Guess who voted for Trump’s tax bill a few months later.
On August 24, Trump tweeted:”James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?”
Clapper has become a regular on MSNBC bashing Trump — which the president has noticed
Sen. Bob Corker
On August 25, Trump tweeted:
“Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18. Tennessee not happy!”
Trump and Corker have traded increasingly nasty barbs on Twitter in recent months
Sen. Bernie Sanders
On September 14, Trump tweeted:
“Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for a single payer healthcare plan – a curse on the U.S. & its people.”
Trump didn’t want anyone to forget he feelings about Sanders or his thoughts about single payer health care.
Sen. Rand Paul
On September 20, Trump tweeted:
“Rand Paul is a friend of mine but he is such a negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare. Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT! Ends Ocare!”
Paul — thought close to Trump — had been a recalcitrant force in the GOP quest to repeal Obamacare.
Sen. John McCain
On September 23, Trump tweeted:
“John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves. He campaigned on Repeal & Replace. Let Arizona down!”
McCain’s thumbs down vote killed Obamacare repeal and Trump has been cranky about it ever since. McCain later voted for the tax cut bill, so maybe it’s all good between them now.
Carmen Yulin Cruz
On September 30, Trump tweeted:
“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump. Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job”
Cruz criticized Trump’s handling of hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the president shot right back
On October 10, Trump tweeted:
“With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have “tanked,” in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry”
The ESPN host called Trump a “white supremacist” and things went downhill from there.
Rep. Frederica Wilson
On October 19, Trump tweeted:
“The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!”
Wilson said she was in the car when Trump disrespected the wife of a fallen U.S. solider. Trump furiously denied it.
On October 27, Trump tweeted:
“Wacky & totally unhinged Tom Steyer, who has been fighting me and my Make America Great Again agenda from beginning, never wins elections!”
Steyer bought an add calling for Trump’s impeachment and ran it during “Fox & Friends” — enough said.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
On November 3, Trump tweeted:
“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept.”
Trump rarely misses a chance to call out Warren with his favorite nickname for her. The reasons have been numerous.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
On November 3, Trump tweeted:
“The decision on Sergeant Bergdahl is a complete and total disgrace to our Country and to our Military.”
Trump was never a fan of Bergdahl, who fell into Taliban hands under questionable circumstances. This tweet was protesting the decision to spare him jail time.
On November 7, Trump tweeted:
“Ralph Northam will allow crime to be rampant in Virginia. He’s weak on crime, weak on our GREAT VETS, Anti-Second Amendment.”
As in Georgia with Jon Ossoff, Trump went hard against the democratic candidate in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. This time he failed and Northam was victorious.
On November 7, Trump tweeted:
“Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for. Don’t forget, Republicans won 4 out of 4 House seats, and with the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”
Though Trump campaigned hard for Ed Gillespie in Virginia, when he lost the governor’s race to Ralph Northam, Trump threw him under the bus.
Kim Jong Un
On November 11, Trump tweeted:
“Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
Trump has ramped up the rhetoric with North Korea’s leader as both nations inch closer to conflict.
Sen. Al Franken
On November 16, Trump tweeted:
“The Al Frankenstien [sic] picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?”
Despite his own history of alleged sexual assault, Trump couldn’t help make fun of Sen. Franken’s troubles with the same issue.
On November 19, Trump tweeted:
“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”
Trump claimed credit for getting Ball’s son out of a Chinese prison, but then blasted him for being insufficiently grateful.
On November 29, Trump tweeted:
“So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!”
Trump wanted more blood after NBC ousted Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct and trained his fire on network chief Phil Griffin.
British Prime Minister Theresa May
On November 29, Trump tweeted:
“PM Theresa @theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”
May blasted Trump’s decision to retweet a far-right British group and Trump told her to mind her own business.
On December 2, Trump tweeted:
“Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and “papers” should do the same with their Fake News!”
Trump gave Ross the business for reporting inaccurate news about Michael Flynn.
On December 8, Trump tweeted:
“LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already. The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!”
Trump threw all his chips in for Roy Moore in Alabama, despite Moore being accused of sexual misconduct with minors. It didn’t work, and “puppet Jones” was triumphant.
On December 9, Trump tweeted:
“@DaveWeigel @WashingtonPost put out a phony photo of an empty arena hours before I arrived @ the venue, w/ thousands of people outside, on their way in. Real photos now shown as I spoke. Packed house, many people unable to get in. Demand apology & retraction from FAKE NEWS WaPo”
The President was annoyed over a misleading Tweet from Weigel which the reporter deleted and apologized for
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
On December 12, Trump tweeted:
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
Gillibrand called on Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations eliciting a predictable response
On December 23, Trump tweeted:
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?”
On December 23, Trump tweeted: “Remember, the Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional races this year. In Senate, I said Roy M would lose in Alabama and supported Big Luther Strange – and Roy lost. Virginia candidate was not a ‘Trumper,’ and he lost. Good Republican candidates will win BIG!”
While Trump did support Luther Strange in the Republican primary, he later endorsed Moore — and campaigned actively for him in December’s special election.
On December 28, Trump tweeted: “Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H. Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for CH, is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!”
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POTUS’s thumbs were quite busy in his first year in the White House
From fellow politicians to Oscar winners and musicians, President Donald Trump casts a wide net in his internet insultery.
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