This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 19, 2018:
Justice is the glue that keeps society together. Ignore justice, or let crime go unpunished, and civil society will unwind. Marcus Tullius Cicero said it well:
For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right reason, which is the true rule of all commandments and prohibitions. Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.
It took Attorney General Jeff Sessions a while, but he finally did the right thing. As the evidence against Andrew McCabe continued to mount, he ultimately had no choice but to fire the man. In his statement, Sessions didn’t beat around the bush:
After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions. (Emphasis added)
The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, “all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.”
Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.
Translation: Those various investigations into McCabe’s actions and statements that have been ongoing for months finally concluded that he lied. That was why he was fired.
He was an Obama holdover. He was persuaded that Hillary would win the presidency and all those investigations the FBI was conducting into her Clinton Foundation pay-to-play accusations, her 33,000 emails (that suddenly went missing), her role in Benghazi, etc., were all going to disappear down the memory hole. When she didn’t, it’s clear that McCabe had another set of problems. He had to distract the FBI away from them and redirect them into investigating Trump instead.
He left a trail of criminal behavior that raised eyebrows, but nothing substantial enough to force Sessions to toss him out the door. There was his failure to recuse himself during the Clinton email investigation following the disclosure that his wife had received $700,000 from a Clinton friend to help fund her election campaign in Virginia. McCabe said he followed the rules, but the odor of his violation of the Hatch Act (members of the executive branch cannot participate in election campaigns) was clear and distinct.
And then there was the indiscreet release of information to journalists from the Wall Street Journal about the ongoing Clinton Foundation investigation. He violated another rule, but nothing serious enough to put the man away.
And then came the Nunes Memo. The four-page memo, issued by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, suggested that McCabe had used the Steele dossier to persuade a FISA court judge to allow the FBI to spy on one of Trump’s campaign advisors, Carter Page.
When the Steele dossier was found to be full of lies, McCabe was done. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson helped things along:
The Steele dossier is absurd. The closer you read it, the more absurd it is. Take 10 minutes to do so yourself. It’s online. And as you read it, ask yourself: who would believe something like this? ….
And yet, keep in mind and never forget, this is the document the FBI [and McCabe] used to justify spying on American citizens.
McCabe lied. He got fired. He should have gotten fired for lying. He should never have been allowed to keep his job in the first place.
But justice is being served, even if a little late. Cicero was right: “Whoever neglects this law, whether written or unwritten, is necessarily unjust and wicked.”
The Wall Street Journal: Attorney General Fires Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Who Was Set to Retire Sunday