McCabe is out

It’s getting scary now. McCabe has resigned, and CBS says he was forced to. It looks remarkably like a scenario in which a corrupt and criminal president kneecaps law enforcement.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is retiring from the FBI, CBS News’ Pat Milton has confirmed.  According to Milton, a source familiar with the matter confirms that McCabe was forced to step down. He is currently on leave and will official[ly] retire in March.

That’s bad. If Milton’s source is right that’s baaad.

McCabe was under considerable scrutiny from Republicans, as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates continued. McCabe took temporary charge of the FBI after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this year, and some skeptics viewed McCabe as too close to his former boss.

Too close for what? His former boss shouldn’t have been fired in the way and by the person he was. (For his actions in October 2016? Maybe he should have. But that’s not why Trump fired him.) “Too close” can only mean “for Trump’s comfort” and that should not be the criterion. If that is the criterion we’re living in an authoritarian state, officially.

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