GOP lawmaker: Federal agencies need to be 'purged' of 'deep state' bias

GOP lawmaker: Federal agencies need to be 'purged' of 'deep state' bias”

Assuming it is true what President Trump tweeted on December 23, 2017, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits". In the days before Christmas, Trump went after former FBI Director James Comey and current Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe's tenure has become entangled in recent years in politically charged controversies, including the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of private email when she was secretary of State, and the ongoing criminal probe into whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election campaign.

Among the allegations: that McCabe should have recused himself from the Clinton investigation because his wife - as a candidate for state senator in Virginia in 2005 - received $675,000 from the Democratic party and its allies. The money was donated before McCabe was promoted to deputy director and assumed a supervisory role in the Clinton email investigation.

Mr Flynn and former campaign aide George Papadopoulos have pleaded guilty in the Russia investigation for lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russian officials.

Trump said McCabe is "racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

It is noted that McCabe will retire in a few months, when his experience will be sufficient to receive all pension benefits. But McCabe is a civil service employee who can not be fired without clear evidence of wrongdoing.

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In the interest of upholding the law, including the Hatch Act, and otherwise restoring the confidence of the American people in their government, the inspector general should accelerate his scrutiny of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's activities. He also has been a focus of Trump's ire for some time.

If FBI Deputy Director McCabe is found by the inspector general to have used "his official authority or influence for the objective of interfering with or affecting the result of an election", according to the Hatch Act, the FBI deputy director should be held accountable to the American people for his abuse of authority in violation of the Hatch Act.

In a second tweet that month, the president asked "why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation", referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mr. Rooney was referring to the situation at the Federal Bureau of Investigation where an agent - Peter Strzok - was found to have an anti-Trump bias in text and email messages to his girlfriend. Strzok and Page used words like "idiot" and "loathsome human" to describe Trump during the campaign.

The FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller are investigating Trump's 2016 campaign, including whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey in May-and it's possible that Comey, McCabe and Baker could be witnesses in that probe.

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