Who Is Andrew McCabe? Is a Trump Purge Underway?

Updated on January 31, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Andrew McCabe at FBI Director Christopher Wray's installation proceedings, on September 28, 2017.
Andrew McCabe at FBI Director Christopher Wray's installation proceedings, on September 28, 2017. | Source

President said to have waged 'war' on Andrew McCabe

After former FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe assumed his duties and served as acting FBI director. On August 2, 2017, Christopher A. Wray replaced McCabe after being nominated by Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, at which point he returned to the deputy director role. Even though he wasn't chosen by the president, at the time, the New York Times reported that McCabe had been seriously considered.

Today, Andrew McCabe announced that he will be stepping aside. However, NBC reports that he will remain an FBI employee until March, when he becomes eligible for retirement benefits, apparently striking some type of deal to use vacation and sick days. He has been with the bureau since 1996.

"Trump has been conducting a war on McCabe, quite publicly, " Cenk Uygur, with The Young Turks, observed, following the former deputy director's resignation, on Monday.

NBC has reported on White House spokesperson Raj Shah's statement that the president "believes politically motivated senior leaders" in the FBI have "tainted the agency's reputation for unbiased pursuit of justice" and that the newly appointed director, Christopher Wray, will "clean up the misconduct at the highest levels of the FBI."

Uygur found Trump's accusations of bias to be disingenuous, given that he "apparently does not like being investigated and would like to block that investigation."

According to The Washington Post, President Trump once asked Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. McCabe was said to have responded that he didn't vote.

Cenk Uygur on the Trump 'purge'

Purge of Trump detractors underway?

The president was also said to have berated the then-acting director over political donations, his wife, Democrat Jill McCabe, received from a political action committee that also donated to Hillary Clinton.

Trump has repeatedly tweeted about Andrew McCabe.

"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!" one of the president's tweets reads.

"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation" questioned another.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that the White House had played any role in the deputy FBI director's departure and directed reporters' questions to the bureau.

NBC reports that defenders of the leadership at the Justice Department "say the charges of bias are part of the president’s effort to try to undermine the federal probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow."

"The one thing that is clear," Cenk Uygur stated, "Donald Trump [has been] publicly criticizing McCabe," and noted "the campaign overall to get rid of him."

The TYT co-founder cited reports of Trump being "furious" with McCabe when he was acting director, after he allowed James Comey to return from a trip to California on an FBI plane. The former director learned of his dismissal while he was traveling on FBI business from television news reports, as reported by Slate.

"We've got a lunatic in office," Cenk Uygur stated. "There are reports that Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general in the Justice Department, might be next."

CNN states that the president is "still fuming over the Russia investigation and has Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his crosshairs."

"And the purge continues," Cenk Uygur said. "If you let these guys purge all of the people they perceive to be their opponents ... in this case ... legal opponents, people who might investigate them, well, then, we no longer have a democracy."

CNN has drawn comparisons to Donald Trump's firing of James Comey and the "Saturday Night Massacre" leading up to former President Richard Nixon's resignation. Another purge, known as the "Night of the Long Knives," resulted in 85 of Adolf Hitler's political adversaries being murdered, between June 30 and July 2, 1934, as reported by Daily KOs.

Who is Andrew McCabe?

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      joc

      Prove me wrong.

      I guess we only have your word about the falsehoods, and sane eyes.

      Keep on feeding hp with red herring DemoGanda!

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      JOC 2 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      Your comment is gone forever, it was so filled with falsehoods that it didn't deserve to be witnessed by sane eyes.

      Carter Page was never part of the Trump team? Are you joking with that falsehood?

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      joc

      why don't you post my comment,and let everyone see what you dismissed. I don't recall that comment, let us see it.

      Literally

      "As for treason, there is an active attempt to undermine the FBI, Mueller, and you can add Rosenstein to that list with the upcoming memo, by Trump and his cronies right now. All this in order to protect Trump from the Mueller investigation and make him above the law. That's pretty treasonous if you ask me"

      b:

      Rosenstein is next to go after McCabe got fired. And Strzok left the FBI and Lisa Page quit the FBI.

      Carter Page was never part of the Trump team.

      As for your treason, I think it would be advisable to really look it up, and check out some case law to see if anyone else thinks like you do."

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      JOC 2 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      I literally dismissed your comment on my story because it started with the Uranium One debunked theory. Then you claimed that backing pedophiles was also a democratic position, with literally no instance to back that up. You jumped to five or six other random areas in a discombobulated mess of a rant. You say arguments, I say fantasy.

      As for treason, there is an active attempt to undermine the FBI, Mueller, and you can add Rosenstein to that list with the upcoming memo, by Trump and his cronies right now. All this in order to protect Trump from the Mueller investigation and make him above the law. That's pretty treasonous if you ask me.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      joc

      What fact, you try to dismiss any argument that you can't answer with red herrirngs. Like calling my comments Conspiracy Theories. The is Demoganda from the red herring playbook of the left. Attack, make it personal.

      You use words like "Treason" without any context to apply it.

      What about the FISA applied to Trump and his team, whose treason was that on?

      Russians agents have always been in American politics, and vice versa.

      So what is your point?

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      JOC 2 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      Of course you do. Because it's based in fact.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      JOC

      Consider your comment a Red Herring, and it is disregard, and that is a FACT.

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      JOC 2 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      The fact that the GOP is going after Rosenstein for extending the FISA warrant on Carter Page is just the latest step in their treason. Page is a known agent of Russia at this point, so to criticize that decision means you believe that it's ok to have a known Russian agent working inside American political interests.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Stephen

      "Isn't there anything in Canada for you to write about?"

      Though it was still another 40 years before the world was graced with my pasty Canadian presence, I liken my nation's, and the world's, current predicament, watching our neighbour's president move on his political adversaries, with that of Germany's neighbour's, and the world's, in the early 1930s.

      B:

      Hitler had the entire country behind him. Hit killed millions of people, how many has Trump killed. Trump only has the people that voted for him. And making remarks linked to Hitler's Germany is not true, and a cheap shot.

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      Did you know that ABC White House correspondent John Roberts is Canadian? Did you know that Peter Jennings was? I find your question about the availability of news to write about in Canada a slur almost on par with the idea that Colin Kapernick has been ungrateful after being permitted to serve as an NFL quarterback.

      B:

      My point is why do you care about us, and Trump. Canada is the most protective of their immigration, and you are going to compare that with what Trump wants for our immigration. I went to Toronto to help install a communication system created and developed in CA. To get into Canada, I had to get a Canadian Social Security card, and I had to work out of our company's Canadian subsidiary, along with having to prove that Canadians couldn't do the job.

      I don't watch the news so your Canadian born journalist are meaningless. While in Toronto I had to endure the digs by the Canadians about the Eagle and the US.

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      Besides, you don't need to look very far to find my original research into bilateral U.S.-Canadian business practices and the recommendations I make that will save lives.

      B:

      I gave you one business practice, not so good.

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      Sure the president has control of the DOJ and the FBI. How well did attempting to use that control work out for Nixon? Thank goodness the United States isn't Nazi Germany and thank goodness there are Americans like Cenk Uygur, Ana Kaparian, Dana Bash, and Anderson Cooper with the fortitude and integrity to at least attempt to report the facts as they are and not get caught up in Fox- and Breitbart-like propaganda.

      B:-

      Really, the young turks, these people and the organizations are super left biased, and they act like the communication office for the democrats. How do explain their on air grief when Hillary lost the presidency. This was preceded by all of their on air analysts saying even on election night that it was impossible for Trump to win the EC.

      Spare me the thank goodness, these people have not seen a news report in decades. They just put out DemoGanda.

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      JOC from Syracuse, NY

      Brad wrote a comment on my latest hub so full of conspiracy theories and Trump talking points that I felt it just better to delete the whole rant. Like a few others here, he's gone down the rabbit hole

      and is not coming back.

      B:

      Whenever the Hillary and the left can't answer anything, they pull out the red herring of conspiracy.

      JOC, at least Stephen has enough confidence to try and argue his points. While you, not at all.

      Talk about Conspiracy, there is the left driven conspiracy about Trump and Russian Election Influence.

      When Trump said Obama was spying on him and his team, your left biased media made a joke, and now with Strvok, and Page outed for their bias, and McCabe stepping down, they will have to air the truth. Not the truth from the left but from the center.

      There are emails showing the Page leaked to the Media.

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      You two are welcome on my articles, but then you don't really have any answers that can be compelling, but if you think that you do, give a shot.

      Do either of you really think that Hillary was a good choice for the presidency. I have an article on it.

      Go for it.

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      Stephen Sinclair 2 months ago from Canada

      Hi bradmasterOCcal:

      "Isn't there anything in Canada for you to write about?"

      Though it was still another 40 years before the world was graced with my pasty Canadian presence, I liken my nation's, and the world's, current predicament, watching our neighbour's president move on his political adversaries, with that of Germany's neighbour's, and the world's, in the early 1930s.

      Did you know that ABC White House correspondent John Roberts is Canadian? Did you know that Peter Jennings was? I find your question about the availability of news to write about in Canada a slur almost on par with the idea that Colin Kapernick has been ungrateful after being permitted to serve as an NFL quarterback.

      Besides, you don't need to look very far to find my original research into bilateral U.S.-Canadian business practices and the recommendations I make that will save lives.

      Sure the president has control of the DOJ and the FBI. How well did attempting to use that control work out for Nixon? Thank goodness the United States isn't Nazi Germany and thank goodness there are Americans like Cenk Uygur, Ana Kaparian, Dana Bash, and Anderson Cooper with the fortitude and integrity to at least attempt to report the facts as they are and not get caught up in Fox- and Breitbart-like propaganda.

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      JOC 2 months ago from Syracuse, NY

      Brad wrote a comment on my latest hub so full of conspiracy theories and Trump talking points that I felt it just better to delete the whole rant. Like a few others here, he's gone down the rabbit hole and is not coming back.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Stephen, I know that you are Canadian, but using the young turks, washington post, and cnn to write this article is ridiculous.

      There is nothing in this article but opinions that are biased against president Trump.

      The president has control over both the DOJ and FBI, and the people in them serve at the pleasure of the president. Comey and McCabe did a poor job on investigating Clinton. Comey had written an exoneration of Clinton before she was even interviewed. That interview wasn't under oath, nor was there any written transcript of it.

      Both the Obama DOJ and the FBI top people did a poor job and Comey and McCabe should have been fired by Trump when he became president. Just because the democrats don't like what president Trump does, doesn't mean that he didn't have the right and the power to do it.

      Isn't there anything in Canada for you to write about?

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