Trump Jr. claims McCabe was ‘fired’ due to what was in Nunes memo
Donald Trump Jr. claimed Thursday in two tweets that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was “fired” due to the contents of a yet-to-be-released memo from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee that alleges abuses of government surveillance powers.
While McCabe was under pressure to leave the FBI, Trump Jr. in his tweets claims that the information in the memo was “good enough” for the administration to “fire McCabe.”
McCabe resigned, the White House denied involvement in his decision and it does not appear that McCabe was pressured to leave because of the memo.
The president’s son also made the incorrect assertion that “All of congress has seen it, not just the special committees,” despite the Senate not having access to the memo.
“The FBI reaction to the memo is Indicative of a lot. All of congress has seen it, not just the special committees. Also weird that for the first time ever the media wants less info? What are they hiding?” Trump Jr. tweeted.
“It was good enough to fire McCabe, no one argues its factually inaccurate, but now days later they want to protect the names of those involved in a scandal that was big enough to fire a senior official a month before retirement? They don’t deserve a pass on that!”
It was good enough to fire McCabe, no one argues its factually inaccurate, but now days later they want to protect the names of those involved in a scandal that was big enough to fire a senior official a month before retirement? They don’t deserve a pass on that!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 1, 2018
The White House at a press briefing on Monday specifically denied involvement in McCabe’s decision to resign.
President Trump has criticized McCabe publicly, but it appears the deputy director decided to step down early after a conversation with FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Wray and the FBI have been critical of the GOP Intelligence memo, arguing it should not be released. There has been talk that Wray could resign if it is released.
Wray was reportedly worried about a separate internal FBI investigation of the bureau’s handling of a case involving Hillary Clinton’s private email server. It is expected that the internal report from that probe could be critical of both McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey — whom Trump fired last year.
The FBI deputy chief’s resignation came after weeks of pressure from congressional Republicans over his handling of the Hillary Clinton email case.
McCabe will remain as an employee of the FBI, but will immediately go on leave and then retire in mid-March, when he is eligible to receive his full pension benefits.
The president himself has criticized McCabe on Twitter, particularly over his wife’s political campaign which received donations from then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a close Clinton ally.
“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?” Trump tweeted in December.
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