On Friday, the Inspector General released the DOJ’s justification for rushing to fire Andrew McCabe just says before he was slated to retire — a spiteful move on the part of the Trump administration intended to punish the former FBI Deputy Director for not playing ball. CNN reports:
The Justice Department inspector general found that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “lacked candor” on four occasions when discussing the disclosure of information for a Wall Street Journal article about the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Friday.
In addition, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose the existence of the investigation because it was not within the department’s “public interest” exception for disclosing ongoing investigations. The inspector general said that the disclosure to the Journal was made “in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership.”The instances the inspector general cited were McCabe’s conversations with federal investigators and also with then-FBI Director James Comey in October 2016.
Naturally, Trump is very happy about this. In a celebratory tweet, The Donald said that McCabe “LIED! LIED! LIED!” and of course worked “No collusion” into his pathetic, desperate tweet:
DOJ just issued the McCabe report – which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey – McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018
“In written submissions to the OIG and DOJ, we demonstrated that the charges were unsupported by the evidence and that the OIG’s conclusions and the FBI-OPR proposal to terminate Mr. McCabe were unjustified,” McCabe’s attorney, Michael Bromwich in response to the report, adding that it “utterly failed to support the decision to terminate Mr. McCabe.”
“The rushed decision to terminate Mr. McCabe was not only unfair to him and to his family; it has sent a profoundly troubling message to the DOJ and FBI workforce about the harshness and lack of proportionality of the disciplinary process,” Bromwich added. “That troubling message was reinforced, and made toxic, by the president’s celebratory tweet hours after Mr. McCabe’s termination.”
Naturally, Americans aren’t at all fooled by this obvious malicious act intended to discredit the people investigating Trump’s involvement with Russia:
All I see is whaa, I want to discredit everyone because I’m guilty. Whaaaa
— Mike Nordon (@MikeNordon) April 13, 2018
He’s freaking out and I’m living for it 😍
— meydey (@meydey0) April 13, 2018
shut the fuck up you crazy ass old man
— SarahRunsWithScissors (@mycatsmokes) April 13, 2018
Take a Xanax. You’re supposed to be the president, not an hysterical teenager who just discovered his girlfriend was cheating on him.
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) April 13, 2018
Deflect with any BS you want. Everyone knows you’re guilty…clearly even your conscience…
— AR (@bubrock66) April 13, 2018
Never in the history of our nation has a President acted as badly and inappropriately as you. Never has an innocent man acted like you either.
— Terry Berger (@MrsTLBerger) April 13, 2018
I can smell the desperation from my house on the West Coast.
— A Pretty Stable Humanist… (@LorenLee21) April 13, 2018
In other news, Trump pardoned ex-Cheney aide Scooter Libby on Friday. Libby was convicted of obstruction of justice and perjury in 2007 — you know, because he “LIED! LIED! LIED!” about the leak of a CIA officer’s identity. Also on Friday, the FBI confirmed a criminal investigation into Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
The Trump presidency could be reasonably considered farcical if it wasn’t tearing our country apart.