Representative Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) bucked his party on President Trump’s firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, remarking that his dismissal may have been “justified.”
“You know, his firing may be justified,” the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on ABC’s This Week. “There’s no way for us to know at this point, but even though it may have been justified, it can also be tainted. And I think the president’s badgering of the attorney general, his urging that he be fired before his pension could vest, and the fact that McCabe and every other of the [former FBI director] James Comey associates … who corroborate James Comey on the issue of potential obstruction of justice, every one of them has been targeted by the administration, by the Republicans and Congress. And is this because they corroborate James Comey? That’s a question we also have to answer.”
McCabe was fired on Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions less than 48 hours before he was due to retire with full benefits. The FBI’s Office of Personal Responsibility recommended firing the 21-year career FBI official after an internal report by the DOJ inspector general found McCabe had leaked sensitive information about the FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation to the press and then lied about it to investigators.
However without seeing the inspector general’s report, McCabe’s firing is “impossible to evaluate,” Schiff said.
House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee announced last week that they could find no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a conclusion Democrats, including Schiff, rejected.
Mr. President, the Committee reached no such conclusion — only Republicans. In fact, we did find evidence of collusion, despite GOP members being more interested in protecting you than learning the truth. When accusing others of lying, best not to misrepresent facts yourself. https://t.co/fIuKPGyEN1
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 17, 2018
“The majority has placed the interests of protecting the president over protecting the country,” Schiff said. “And history will judge its actions harshly.”
“No way yet to evaluate the rush to fire Andrew McCabe,” Schiff said on Twitter, but added it is “no coincidence” officials who corroborate Comey have been targeted.
Schiff also pointed out on Twitter that President Trump’s attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation come after Mueller subpoenaed Trump’s private businesses for any documents relating to Russia.
“Democrats and Republicans must speak out NOW against firing Mueller and FOR an independent counsel law — not wait for a constitutional crisis,” Schiff said.