Dem lawmaker: Trump is purging anyone who isn’t 'blindly loyal'

Dem lawmaker: Trump is purging anyone who isn’t 'blindly loyal'
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Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals House Democrats reintroduce bill addressing diversity at State Department Julian Castro joins NBC and MSNBC as political analyst MORE (D-Texas) slammed the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE on Friday, accusing President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE of ousting anyone who isn’t “blindly loyal.”

“[Trump] is purging the highest levels of government of anyone who isn’t a blindly loyal 'yes' man or woman. Darker days ahead,” Castro tweeted.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE fired McCabe on Friday, two days before McCabe’s retirement. Sessions said McCabe was not entirely forthcoming during an inspector general review.

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McCabe defended himself in a statement, saying he never misled investigators and that his firing was part of an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s probe.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffA new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign Officers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said McCabe's firing had "an odious taint."

Schiff said that "it's impossible to evaluate the merits" of McCabe's firing since the Justice Department's inspector general has not released the report that spurred the disciplinary process that resulted in a recommendation that McCabe be fired. 

Trump and GOP lawmakers had repeatedly attacked McCabe in recent months, claiming he was an example of an anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department.

McCabe’s firing also came just days after Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump House passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet MORE was ousted, and amid reports that Trump is preparing to replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster.