Responding to the late night firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a Democratic member of both the House Judiciary and Intel committees called the firing part of the Trump administration’s “horror show.”
Speaking with CNN host Christi Paul, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Il) called the firing a “sad day” for the country before lambasting Trump for being behind the purge of the career law enforcement official now in danger of losing his pension less than 26 hours before his retirement.
“I want to talk to you first about Andrew McCabe,” Paul began. “There is this internal review that they are saying from the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, that’s where this report came from. Since nobody really know what is is in this report though. is it fair to try to make some assessments of the validity of the firing just yet?”
“I think it is a really sad day again in the continuing horror show that is the Donald Trump administration,” Gutierrez before letting his frustration show. “To fire — I mean, let’s face it, McCabe got fired because the president didn’t like him, didn’t like his political affiliations — he made that clear to us. He didn’t like the fact that McCabe’s wife had run for the state legislature in Virginia and received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Democrats.”
“And that was the attack of President Trump against the man was about to retire in 26 hours,” he continued. “So he was already out of the loop, had taken a leave of absence months ago. So why the rush? I think we know why the rush. And now we have the attorney general of the United States, Mr. Jeff Sessions saying, ‘well, you know, I fired him after looking at this because we really can’t believe Mr. McCabe.’ Really? Jeff Sessions is talking about who we can’t believe? The same man who went before the Senate during his confirmation and denied he ever met with the Russians and now has had to recuse himself from the Russian investigation?”
“Look, this is an administration that can’t tell the truth and so we need to arrive at the conclusion that this was clearly political. and you know, how vindictive, how small of the president of the United States,” he added. “There are men and women who are out there on the front lines in Iraq and around the world defending our nation, there are kids getting shot in our schools, there is an epidemic of people dying from overdoses. and what is the president minding? These little vindictive small fights, ‘let’s get rid of McCabe and deny him his pension.'”
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