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in any obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump. On Friday, Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions destroyed McCabe professionally in a way that could ruin his reputation for telling the truth.
These are the most important things to remember after Sessions fired McCabe for an undefined failure to be forthcoming during an investigation of his role in the bureau’s work on the Hillary Clinton email scandal and related inquiries.
The report documenting McCabe’s alleged misconduct was not made public. Instead, Sessions released a statement with vague assertions of wrongdoing. McCabe was subject to a Department of Justice inspector general’s report about his conduct, reportedly as it pertained to leaks to the Wall Street Journal about the FBI’s Clinton investigation at the height of the 2016 election. Michael Horowitz, the department’s IG who would have issued the report, is an Obama appointee with a sterling reputation.
Without the details of his report, though, it’s impossible to assess the validity of the firing and to what extent a public pressure campaign to attack one of the chief witnesses against Trump might have influenced the decision.
Again, that report was not released, but Sessions cited it as the reason for McCabe’s firing. The investigation into McCabe concluded, according to Sessions, that he “had made unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor—including under oath—on multiple occasions.”
There is no explanation about what lacking candor means, and Sessions does not go so far as to assert that McCabe lied under oath or at any time to internal investigators. Sessions also cited a recommendation from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility in making the decision. Robin C. Ashton, an Obama appointee, is the general counsel and head of that body. Sessions, in making the decision, offered that it was based on the “recommendation of the Department’s senior career official.”
McCabe denied that he sought to mislead investigators. “The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” he wrote in a statement following the dismissal. Again, without knowing the actual misconduct, the most relevant fact here is one which McCabe highlighted.
“This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness,” he told the New York Times.
“Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey,” McCabe said in his public statement.
The firing of Comey, Trump’s alleged pressure on Comey to promise him “loyalty” and to drop an investigation of Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and whether that might constitute obstruction of justice is reportedly one of the subjects of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Comey has said under oath before Congress that Trump, in a private Oval Office meeting, tried to pressure him to drop the investigation of Flynn before Trump fired him. Trump has denied that, claiming that Comey lied in his sworn testimony. Trump himself, however, has vacillated on whether he would offer an interview to Mueller presenting his own version of events. Lying to investigators is a federal crime, as is lying to Congress. Trump also reportedly nearly fired Mueller in the days after he told reporters that he would be willing to tell Mueller, in essence, that Comey had committed perjury in an effort to frame him.
On Friday, Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions destroyed McCabe professionally in a way that could ruin his reputation for telling the truth.