Until today, Andrew McCabe was the Deputy Director of the FBI. Last year, he was briefly Director, after James Comey was fired and before Christopher Wray was appointed.
McCabe was under severe attack by President Trump regarding what apparently was believed to be his partisan lean against Mr. Trump and the current administration – a belief buttressed by his associations with major Democrats (former Attorney General/Obama appointee Eric Holder is one of his most avid supporters) and the hundreds of thousands of dollars his wife was handed by the Democrat Party during her run for the Virginia State Senate.
Here is one example of what Trump had to say about McCabe, via his tweet of December 7:
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?”
In any event, McCabe announced, weeks ago, that he would be retiring in March – at a point when he would receive his full pension.
You would think this ends the McCabe issue, wouldn’t you?
Well, you’d be wrong. Because suddenly, on a dime, McCabe announced that he is out. Now.
McCabe is invoking “terminal leave”.* What that means is that,instead of working until March, he doesn’t show up anymore, but he is using accumulated leave to extend it to March so he can get his retirement package.
In short, McCabe is suddenly running out of the FBI offices so fast that his underwear is probably still trying to catch up.
WHY? What is he trying to get one step ahead of?
Does it have anything to do with tonight’s vote, on whether to release that FISA memo Republicans want the public to see, but Democrats want hidden at all costs? The one which most commentators believe lays out a case that operatives in the FBI and DOJ are actively working to take down the Trump administration? Maybe.
I guess we’ll have a better idea of whether these two events are combined once the vote is cast, which, with a Republican majority, is sure to result in the memo’s release.
* I initially blogged that his method of departure would prevent him from getting the retirement package. That was in error.