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Only a Crazy Person Would Fire Us

In an interview with 60 Minutes’s Scott Pelley, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said that when President Donald Trump fired Director James Comey, there were discussions in the Justice Department about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Donald Trump from the presidency.

Now, you might be saying, “The 25th Amendment allows the Cabinet, not the FBI, to deem the president incompetent to carrying out his duties.” And you would be right. The idea that McCabe and his confreres entertained was recruiting Cabinet members to the cause.

Think about that for a minute.

I have often wondered if I was wrong to use the phrase “Deep State” before the 2016 election, given the way that the phrase has been abused by some of the president’s supporters, and then mocked by his opponents who shrug off their newfound brinksmanship and disrespect for institutions.

Well, with this news, I’ve stopped regretting it. I could never have fathomed how self-regarding G-men can be. To believe that the president’s action of relieving one subordinate officer in the executive is evidence in itself of incapacity is just breathtaking. McCabe and his friends really do think that offending them is a declaration of insanity or malice.

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