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Andrew McCabe identifies as a victim: Here's why I don't believe him

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It has become difficult, almost painful, to watch: the public diminution of James Comey’s #2 at the FBI, Andrew G. McCabe, eerily following the post-bureau reputational arc of his former boss. McCabe’s interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday had been billed as must-see-TV. But for this retired agent whose career had crossed with McCabe’s almost 20 years ago, the figure on the screen who’d once enjoyed a meteoric ascension to the apex of the bureau food chain has transformed into a pitiable figure. It was difficult to believe this was the same man I had once defended.

The fired former FBI deputy director has a book to sell: The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump. A widely anticipated televised interview would assuredly bolster book sales.

The sit-down with CBS’s Scott Pelley was conducted in far cozier confines than the ones McCabe was subjected to by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General. In a blistering 35-page report released last year, McCabe was sanctioned for lying three times under oath, related to an unauthorized disclosure of sensitive information (media leak) predicated upon, as the IG asserts, making himself, not the FBI, “look good.” The IG made a recommendation to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that McCabe be fired from the FBI for intentionally misleading internal FBI and inspector general investigators. Sessions fired McCabe on March 16, 2018 -- just more than 24 hours before his scheduled retirement.

McCabe claimed to have been “confused” by the questions and “distracted” by all the events swirling around him at the time. It was “stressful,” he laments. This is pitiable, coming from a man in that position. Many of his responses to Pelley were self-serving and reminiscent of the feckless director he had served under and so openly and fawningly admires. To hear McCabe speak about Comey is not to witness respectful, professional appreciation, but something bordering on sycophancy and idolatry.

He argues there was adequate predication to authorize the opening of a counterintelligence investigation into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election. No sane person can find fault with this decision. But speaking from the........

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