Like the mob or drug cartels

The Post asks if firing McCabe might come back to bite Trump on the ass.

Trump has now, after all, cemented the enemy status of a top-ranking official at the FBI (its No. 2) and onetime acting director. He previously did that by firing McCabe’s superior, former FBI director James B. Comey, and Comey has rewarded that decision by leaking unhelpful things and testifying about Trump in a negative light. He is now set to release a book.

Former federal prosecutor Patrick Cotter said McCabe would still be bound by confidentiality rules and can’t share anything about grand jury testimony that he may have gleaned. But he said the treatment of McCabe is without real compare.

“I would add that for me, and I think many former law enforcement personnel, it is difficult to recall any precedent for the kind of personal vindictiveness the action by the executive exhibits towards a career FBI agent like McCabe, except from the longtime targets of federal law enforcement, like the mob or drug cartels,” Cotter said. “With those criminals I noted that their hate was personal towards the agents and attorneys they thought were building cases against them. This move strikes me as very similar.”

Very, very, very similar. So similar. Verging on identical. Donald Trump is a mobster filled with hatred at the people who are onto him. He’s also, stomach-turningly, the president of the US. Every day that this grotesque nightmare continues pulls us down farther into the mire.

And it was made abundantly clear Friday night that McCabe is incensed by the decision. He released a lengthy statement deriding his firing as “slander” and arguing that the inspector general’s report was accelerated in response to his closed-door testimony saying he would corroborate key claims made by Comey. He suggested the whole thing was part of a campaign to undermine the investigations involving Trump.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the press he’s “a bad actor” on Thursday.

“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” McCabe said. “It is part of this administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the special counsel’s work.”

But maybe the IG report will show that McCabe really is a bad actor.

Or maybe it won’t.

5 Responses to “Like the mob or drug cartels”