Days prior to his firing Friday night by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe sat down for an hour-long interview with Politico and lamented about the injustice of it all.
After coming under fire for his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation, his close ties with the Democrat party and Hillary Clinton, and his questionable involvement with the Russian probe, McCabe stepped down from his role at the FBI, but had remained on the payroll through midnight March 17, when he was expecting to retire with full benefits.
The government pension, valued at $1.8 million, all came crashing down Friday night when Sessions fired McCabe, just over 24 hours before his pension would have activated.
Sessions said reports concluded that “Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.”
However, McCabe went to the media again, speaking to Politico “sometime earlier this month” about the injustices he had suffered, and admitted he expected to be fired any day.
McCabe said that when he was tapped as acting FBI director after Trump fired James Comey on May 9, 2017, he also learned that “I might not be in the position for a long time.”
“I literally walked into the building every day expecting that I would be removed from my position before the end of the day,” he added. “And if that happened, I didn’t want anyone to be able to just walk away from the work that we had done” on the Russia investigation.
Politico further reported:
“Look, it’s personally devastating. It’s so tough on my family,” he told POLITICO during a wide-ranging interview conducted earlier this month, before his firing.
“But at some point, this has to be seen in the larger context,” said McCabe, 49, who says he has voted for every Republican presidential nominee until he sat out the 2016 contest entirely. “And I firmly believe that this is an ongoing effort to undermine my credibility because of the work that I did on the Russia case, because of the investigations that I oversaw and impacted that target this administration.”
“They have every reason to believe that I could end up being a significant witness in whatever the special counsel comes up with, and so they are trying to create this counter-narrative that I am not someone who can be believed or trusted,” McCabe added. “And as someone who has been believed and trusted by really good people for 21 years, it’s just infuriating to me.”
Many Republicans lost trust in McCabe when it was revealed that his wife’s state Senate campaign received almost half a million dollars in contributions from then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary Clinton… and McCabe was slammed for his failure to take action on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email case.
Red flags also went up when McCabe popped up in texts between FBI agent lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
In one text message to Page, Strzok says that “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.”
Politico published the interview after the firing occurred Friday night.