FBI Director Andrew MacCabe has resigned as the deputy director of the FBI.
Mr. McCabe has made this move under almost unprecedented pressure to do so, amid a full scale attack on the FBI by the Republican controlled house.
After the firing of James Comey, Mr. McCabe became a whipping boy for the GOP establishment, a scape goat that was all too easy of a target for a White House administration that was desperate blame somebody for the criminal investigation that has suffocated the executive branch of the government.
Mr. McCabe resignation is not that much of a surprise, reports surfaced in late 2017 that he was planning to step down from his post, but it’s difficult to believe that he was permitted to exit the building on his own terms.
The White House claims they had nothing to do with this, but the track record of the Trump administration does not beget public trust, not anymore.
There is nothing professional or normal in regards to how Mr. McCabe was treated after James Comey was terminated by President Trump.
“The day after he fired James Comey as director of the FBI, a furious President Donald Trump called the bureau’s acting director, Andrew McCabe, demanding to know why Comey had been allowed to fly on an FBI plane from Los Angeles back to Washington after he was dismissed, according to multiple people familiar with the phone call.
McCabe told the president he hadn’t been asked to authorize Comey’s flight, but if anyone had asked, he would have approved it, three people familiar with the call recounted to NBC News.
The president was silent for a moment and then turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser — an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia that McCabe’s wife made in 2015.
Trump’s behavior towards Mr. McCabe has run the unprofessional gamut, there was also reports recently that Trump instructed his aides and congressional allies to smear Mr. McCabe after Former FBI director James Comey mentioned McCabe in his testimony.
Just last week, it was reported that acting FBI director Christopher Wray almost resigned himself after he grew tired of Mr. Trump, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions putting pressure on him to fire justice department officials.
Including Mr. McCabe.
McCabe has become an unwitting star in one of the biggest political scandals in history, and he was left holding the bag by a Judicial branch that did very little to protect him.
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McCabe’s resignation however does not appear to be a moment of defeat for the career law enforcement officer, in fact, the timing of the resignation is most likely tied to fast developing probe that is threatening to swallow Trump’s Presidency.
A probe that McCabe is cooperating with.
Many believe that Special counsel Robert Mueller is wrapping up his investigation into Russian interference in the American general election, as well as efforts on the part of the Trump administration and Donald Trump himself to obstruct justice.