The Evening Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
So, Andrew McCabe might be fired after all. That, at least, is the decision Attorney General Jeff Sessions is suddenly faced with, six days before the swamp skunk McCabe is scheduled to retire with full benefits on March 20.
The stated reason the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) gives for its recommendation to AG Sessions is that McCabe improperly leaked information related to the 2016 FBI investigation into the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal on multiple occasions. This finding was made by Inspector General Michael Horowitz during his 14 month-long investigation into FBI/DOJ wrongdoing.
Here’s the irony in this situation: the OPR report accusing McCabe of leaking to the media was made public today through…wait for it… leaks to the media. What in the world are we to make of that? Let’s face it, it’s not like the OPR has to this point been right on top of all the bad actors in this DOJ anti-Trump cabal that has been in action since mid-2016. Where is the OPR report on Peter Strzok? On Lisa Page? On Bruce Ohr? Any of the other already-identified bad actors?
So, why do we suddenly see this particular action on this particular day? I see three possibilities:
- The OPR is full of bad actors itself, and is trying put Sessions in a situation in which he has two options, either one of which will generate media controversy. I’d rule this one out, because what’s a little media controversy to Jeff Sessions or the Trump Administration at this point? I mean, who really cares?;
- Horowitz is clearing the playing field for the pending release of his report by starting to roll out a series of administrative recommendations based on his findings to discipline bad actors; or
- This is an isolated situation, and the OPR is simply acting in the normal course of business on the only recommendation it has thus far received from IG Horowitz.
Wait. There is a fourth possibility, which is that McCabe was originally escorted from the premises in February but not technically fired as a way of giving him a carrot to cooperate with the IG’s investigation and other DOJ investigations into various Obama-era scandals that we know to be ongoing. In this scenario, he is now facing the likelihood of termination – and loss of retirement benefits – because he has refused to become a cooperating witness. Today’s leak to the media would be designed to put further pressure on him to cooperate.
Also in this scenario, we haven’t seen any similar firing recommendations on Strzok, Page, Ohr or others because they are cooperating with those investigations.
Occam’s Razor would dictate that Option 3 is most likely to be true, because it is, at least on the surface, the simplest explanation. But when you think below the surface, that doesn’t really explain why it is that bad actors who have been publicly identified by the AG and IG themselves – Strzok, Page and Ohr – remain employed at DOJ and the FBI, though in “reassigned” positions, and have had no similar OPR report against them leaked to the press.
The only two scenarios that take all of that into account are Option 2 and Option 4. Just for fun, I’ll go with number 4. We’ll know for sure soon enough.
That is all.
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