Who Is Andrew McCabe? Is a Trump Purge Underway?
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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