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McCabe and Mr. Mueller

And so the plot thickens. With the abrupt firing of former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, the end game of the struggle between President Trump and the "resistance" has now begun in earnest. As my PJ colleague, Roger Simon, noted here:

From the FBI and across the intelligence agencies an astonishing number of people are going to find themselves accused, one can safely predict at this point, of some atrocious behavior in a free republic. And it will not just be the small change of Peter Strzok (the dimwitted director of  counter-intelligence) and his gal pal Lisa Page. It will include—on one level or another—James Comey, Loretta Lynch, John Brennan, James Clapper, Susan Rice and, almost inevitably, Barack Obama, not to mention others known and unknown. All these people's reputations will be damaged forever for the pathetic purpose of getting Hillary Clinton elected president and later for their determination to manipulate the FBI and intelligence agencies to wound as severely as possible Trump's presidency.

How do we know the end is near? For one thing, by the squawks coming from those who have never accepted their loss at the ballot box in 2016, and who have done their best to obstruct, impede, and otherwise frustrate the duly elected president of the United States since even before his inauguration. Once again, we are hearing dire warnings from the usual suspects that McCabe's firing was punitive (so what if it was?) and that the president shouldn't dare to cashier grand inquisitor Robert Mueller, whose open-ended inquiry into... what, exactly?... has gone on for a year and has rounded up exactly nothing except a couple of transient business/political associates, a few small fry, and a ludicrous indictment of a bunch of Russians who will never spend a single day in an American courtroom.

A couple of recent Trump tweets set the tone:

Granted, we're all prisoners in Plato's Cave at the moment, watching shadow puppets on the wall and trying to figure out what they're doing. But unless Mueller -- the man, we should remember, who together with his protege, James Comey, hounded an innocent man, Steven Hatfill, during the 2001 anthrax-attack investigation -- has some bombshell evidence of criminal collusion between the Trump campaign and "the Russians," his rogue investigation is long past its sell-by date, and really does need to be shut down, for the good of the country and its orderly democratic processes.