President Donald Trump may have fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller has his memos.
On Friday evening, Trump gloated on Twitter that McCabe had been fired, seemingly celebrating that he had vanquished a man he saw as a foe and that he had damaged McCabe’s credibility after the House Intelligence Committee revealed that McCabe would back former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony.
McCabe wrote in a blistering statement that:
“The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President.”
The problem for Trump is that not only has he created a political firestorm by firing McCabe, especially one day before the 21-year FBI veteran was set to retire, it turns out that McCabe emulated his former boss by documenting discussions he had with Trump by writing memos, which have been in the possession of Robert Mueller.
After Trump fired Comey last year for refusing to drop an investigation for him, McCabe became Acting Director and went on to have four conversations with him.
McCabe told CNN that:
“In May, when Director Comey was fired and I had my own interactions with the President, he brought up my wife every time I ever spoke to him. Of course, I disagreed with him. I don’t see my wife’s decision to try to enter public life to help her community (have) greater access to healthcare as a mistake or a problem.”
Indeed, Trump repeatedly accused McCabe of being biased against him just because his wife accepted campaign donations from a Clinton ally in 2015.
According to NBC News:
In 2015 McCabe’s wife, Jill, had run for state office in Virginia. She accepted nearly $500,000 in campaign donations from the super PAC of Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally and former governor of Virginia. She lost by just over 2,000 votes.
McCabe recused himself from the Clinton investigation while his wife was campaigning for office. Only after she lost her race did he become involved in it.
But those facts did not stop Trump from repeatedly insulting McCabe’s wife during their conversations by calling her a “loser.”
The memos could also detail the time Trump demanded to know who McCabe voted for in 2016 as if that’s any of his business.
It turns out that McCabe told Trump that he didn’t vote at all in 2016 because he didn’t want to take sides or appear biased. McCabe said:
“I didn’t vote at all in 2016, and I explained to him that I did not vote in 2016 because the work that we were involved in had such political overtones that I felt it was prudent not to take a side in an election.”
While it’s possible that these discussions were documented in the memos given to Mueller by McCabe, it’s not something that has been confirmed. It’s unknown what the memos say and Mueller is keeping a lot of aspects of the investigation close to the vest.
The memos could very well have important information that gets him closer to charging Trump with obstruction of justice.
But, then again, they may not be relevant to the investigation at all.
The important thing is that McCabe was smart enough to keep documentation, and now that McCabe is no longer employed by the FBI, he can feel even freer to talk to Mueller about anything else he knows.
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