This is some stone-cold shit.
After 22 years service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired tonight by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, less than two days shy of his retirement.
McCabe had more recently been regularly taunted by President Donald Trump and besieged by accusations that he had misled internal investigators at the Justice Department.
In a blistering statement Friday night, McCabe said his firing is part of a larger effort to discredit the FBI and the special counsel’s investigation.
“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,” McCabe said. “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.”
McCabe had been expected to retire this Sunday, on his 50th birthday, when he would have become eligible to receive early retirement benefits.
But Friday’s termination could place a portion of his anticipated pension, earned after more than two decades of service, in significant jeopardy.
Donald Trump, who clearly ordered the firing, weighed in via Twitter:
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
If McCabe appeals his firing (which it appears he will do), then Trump just made the job of proving that McCabe was fired unjustly to satisfy Trump’s vendetta a whole lot easier. https://t.co/z0xOqpa5sH
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 17, 2018
Rep. Eric Swalwell says the termination of former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is a “petty act” and intended to “send a message to anyone that would cross the President” https://t.co/EA8YjUfIRP pic.twitter.com/idyHp68MRS
— CNN (@CNN) March 17, 2018
Here’s McCabe’s statement tonight: