On May 9, 2017, Andrew McCabe began serving as acting Director of the FBI after President Donald Trump suspiciously dismissed James Comey. From that moment on it seems life has never been rockier. Mr. McCabe has been ensconced in an internal investigation involving his handling of the Hillary Clinton email debacle and his wife, Dr. Jill McCabe's run for Senate.
According to Newsweek Republicans and the President have accused McCabe of showing biased with regard to Clinton in the investigation. Allegations began surfacing when The Wall Street Journal reported that McCabe’s wife received contributions for her state senate campaign from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who happens to be a close political ally of Clintons.
Now nothing has been proven and, in fact according to an internal memo released by the FBI McCabe only began overseeing the Clinton investigation in four months after his wife’s political defeat. But that has not stopped leaders f the GOP and rightwing media from rousing suspicion.
Podcast host and political commentator Jon Favreau let loose a string of tweets showing emails he discovered through the Freedom of Information Act detailing exactly how the GOP and their media co-horts weaved their own tale to tarnish a decorated public servant without concrete evidence.
The official announcement doesn't happen until 11 March, 2015. And when it does, Andy schedules a meeting with the Office of Integrity and Compliance and GC Baker at FBI to register the conflict of interest, which occurs on April 29. pic.twitter.com/ZL5b9OGrGT— Pwn ██ ██ ███ (@pwnallthethings) January 7, 2018
He doesn't recuse from the Clinton investigation, but then, he's not responsible for it. The Clinton email investigation is a CI SIM investigation at this stage, and it doesn't report to McCabe (who has not yet been promoted to Deputy Director)— Pwn ██ ██ ███ (@pwnallthethings) January 7, 2018
And so life continues through 2016, which, turns out, is a pretty busy year for FBI. But McCabe mostly stays out of the news.— Pwn ██ ██ ███ (@pwnallthethings) January 7, 2018
Until October 23.
We need to step back and put this timeline in context.— Pwn ██ ██ ███ (@pwnallthethings) January 7, 2018
This is October 26, 2016. It's about 10 days after the final debate. 13 days before election day. Wikileaks just released it's 21st day straight of Podesta emails. Trump is on TV saying the election is going to be rigged.
McCabe's meeting with OIC was on 3/11, less than a week after NYT revealed the existence of Clinton's private server. Once it did start on July 10, it was a CI SIM investigation that didn't report thru McCabe until he became DD-FBI on Feb 1, 2016.— Pwn ██ ██ ███ (@pwnallthethings) January 7, 2018
And now here we are.
Now Mr. McCabe has announced plans for retirement in the coming months. Those plans have nothing to do with the investigation but it would be nice to leave your post of decades with dignity and not suspicion. Twitter had few thoughts.
How did we get to this moment in history where the right wing media and the GOP besmirch the reputations of honorable and decent public servants without a qualm. Definitely overused, but this reminds me of the McCarthy era.— zannerina (@zannerina) January 7, 2018
How unscrupulous of him to register with the Office of Integrity and Compliance and recuse himself from investigations. Literally a man who did everything he could to avoid conflicts, but is being skewered to run cover for POTUS. What a goddamn disgrace.— Michael Marrow (@michael_marrow) January 7, 2018
So much for the so-called upstanding Republican Senators, especially on the Intel committee, who know this already. If not attacks, then radio silence. History will be unkind to their indifference.— Michael Marrow (@michael_marrow) January 7, 2018
This will certainly lead to quality candidates/employees choosing to avoid/leave the public sector. Not sure folks realize how damaging for our country this is.— Justin Butler (@nonpodisan) January 7, 2018
This pisses me off to no end.— Polly Tickel (@PollyTickel) January 7, 2018
I'd ask if they have no shame, but we already know the answer to that.