Andrew McCabe, who was made a scapegoat for President Trump’s corruption, ineptitude and deceit when he was fired a week ago after nearly 21 dedicated years with the FBI, has finally broken his silence about what happened.
As he has always done, despite the false, frivolous accusations hurled at him, McCabe confidently relates his story with class, dignity and a clear sense of someone telling truth secure in the knowledge that he always did his best, even if in the end he is a victim of political deceit and backroom dirty dealing not of his making.
In an op-ed published in The Washington Post today, McCabe shares the morning of March 16 – the day before his pension would vest -when he found himself at home and a friend called to tell him CNN was reporting he had just been fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the behest of President Trump.
McCabe was shocked when he learned Sessions was firing him for a “lack of candor,” for leaks to the press and misleading Congressional investigators.
“That is not true, he writes. “I did not knowingly mislead or lie to investigators.”
A perfectionist at heart, McCabe owns up to possibly being “confused and distracted” by the craziness going on around him, “but that is not a lack of candor. And under no circumstances could it ever serve as the basis for the very public and extended humiliation of my family and me that the administration, and the president personally, have engaged in over the past year.”
But it got even worse the next day, he recalls, when “I woke to find the president of the United States celebrating my punishment.”
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
“I was sad, but not surprised, to see that such unhinged public attacks on me would continue into my life after my service to the FBI,” writes McCabe.
“President Trump’s cruelty reminded me of the days immediately following the firing of James B. Comey, as the White House desperately tried to push the falsehood that people in the FBI were celebrating the loss of our director.”
“The president’s comments about me were equally hurtful and false,” adds McCabe, “which shows that he has no idea how the FBI people feel about their leaders.”
McCabe knew that he was being fired as part of a campaign to discredit the Russia investigation by the FBI and in particular the relentless work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who once was his boss at the FBI, as his probe came ever closer to a corrupt, chaotic administration and an unethical president.
Still, it hurt and there was nothing to make him feel that he deserved being fired in an impersonal way, in what amounted to a televised public execution,
McCabe recalls that when he joined the FBI in 1994 it was because he was drawn “by nothing more complicated than a desire to do good.”
For two decades, McCabe did just that, rising to the second highest position in the bureau, and for a time becoming the acting director after James Comey was arbitrarily fired for not bowing and scraping before the wanna-be emperor president.
It was McCabe’s misfortune to serve his final year under a president who not only didn’t appreciate the difficult, dangerous hard work dedicated FBI agents carry out, but also needed the legendary agency to be a scapegoat for his own misdeeds and ineptitude.
enjoying FBI’s #McCabe unleashed. Trump likes to bully public servants because they can’t fight back without being Insubordinate. He seems to not understand when he fires them, they don’t have to hold back; hoping Tillerson, McMaster, Cohn speak as well https://t.co/vGe5RtcPFJ
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) March 23, 2018
What Trump can never understand in his cloud of self-pity and hatred for all who don’t agree with his every thought, is that the FBI is bigger than he is, and will outlast him.
McCabe proudly notes that the thousands of men and women of the FBI have “continued to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution despite the political winds — and the unprecedented attacks on us by the president and other partisans — that buffeted us.”
They have done so even as McCabe puts it, “These are hard jobs that demand sacrifice, often involves danger, and take a toll on families and personal lives.”
They do it because he adds, these are jobs that “offer the rare opportunity to enter into a sacred trust with the American people: to protect and defend them, honestly, justly and fairly. There is no greater responsibility, but there is no greater reward.”
Proving what a class act he is, McCabe uses the last part of his op-ed not to praise his own accomplishments, which are many, or recite the many hours he worked above and beyond what was required, but to ask young people not to be deterred from considering the FBI as a career where they too can do their best and be their best.
“There is nothing like having the opportunity to be a part of the greatest law-enforcement organization in the world,” writes McCabe, “working every day for goals that you respect and cherish.”
“It is the best job you will ever have,” concludes McCabe, “even if a president decides to attack you and your family. Even if you get fired on a Friday night, one day from your retirement.”
What is wrong with America is not McCabe or those who serve with him, even if they are not perfect – but rather it is the insanity of a political system that places an inexperienced, egomaniacal self-promoter in charge, who is willing to lie, cheat and steal (yes, violating the emoluments clause of the constitution is stealing) to satisfy his own base instincts.
No, the problem is not that America has an Andrew McCabe but rather that there are not more like him.