The firing of Andrew McCabe last week should have come as a shock to no one. Still, that didn’t stop the perpetually outraged left from making a huge stink about it. On Twitter, Rosie O’Donnell called Attorney General Jeff Sessions a “spineless f***ing elf” and said she hopes Sessions ends up “in jail for life.” Billy Baldwin, the younger brother of Alec Baldwin, called the firing “one of the most blatant & egregious political cheap shots I’ve ever seen.” Seriously?
Anyone who has paid attention to the embarrassing scandals plaguing the FBI would know Andrew McCabe’s firing was long overdue. McCabe was referenced in the infamous text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office—that there’s no way he gets elected— but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok texted Page in the summer of 2016, while Hillary Clinton was under investigation. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.” McCabe was also aware of the thousands of classified emails on Anthony Weiner’s personal laptop weeks before alerting Congress.
More recently, we learned a yet-to-be-released report on the Department of Justice Inspector General investigation into the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation accuses McCabe of “lack of candor” (in other words: lying) under oath, which is a fireable offense. Ethics officials in the FBI even recommended his dismissal. What does Rosie O’Donnell have to say to them?
Okay, we don’t expect Hollywood liberals to know better, but former Obama administration officials have also jumped into the fray, with similar apoplectic tweets. Former Attorney General Eric Holder said of the firing, “This is dangerous,” and took issue with the timing of the firing, as McCabe was fired just before he was eligible for a full government pension. “The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here,” he tweeted. Ben Rhodes, the aspiring novelist turned Obama deputy national security adviser, tweeted, “The whole ‘attack the FBI that is investigating you and humiliate career public servants’ strategy maybe isn’t the best approach to either governing or the Russia investigation.” Perhaps the most amusing statement comes from Obama’s former CIA Director, John Brennan, who attacked Trump’s response to McCabe’s firing. “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America… America will triumph over you.”
Republican strategist and former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo scoffed at Brennan’s tweet when he spoke with PJ Media about McCabe’s firing. “This is what draining the swamp is all about,” he explained. “President Obama weaponized the Department of Justice and politicized the FBI. We’re just now meeting the real culprits, like Andrew McCabe, and it looks like the IG report will introduce us to more. I think McCabe leads us to leaky James Comey and the trail opens up from there to include players from across the Obama national security operation. That’s why the most brazenly political among them, like John Brennan, are squealing the loudest.”
Caputo has a point. Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling the Fast and Furious investigation. Ben Rhodes bragged to the New York Times that the Obama administration lied to sell the Iran Nuclear Deal. John Brennan likely perjured himself in testimony regarding the bogus Steele dossier. It says a lot when key players in the most scandalous administration in history are trying to scandalize the firing of someone who is not only suspected of helping to protect Hillary Clinton from indictment in 2016 and using the resources of the FBI to sabotage Trump, but someone who also lied under oath, and whose termination was recommended by the FBI itself. It’s clear that their knee-jerk outrage is really a smokescreen for the rampant corruption in which these Obama administration alums took part.
Republicans have taken a lot of flak for wanting to purge rogue partisans from the FBI, but in the wake of McCabe’s firing, the FBI’s objectivity is now being doubted by Democrats, who only see McCabe as their latest poster boy for “the resistance.” One Democrat congressman even offered McCabe a job just so McCabe—who, I remind you, the FBI recommended should be dismissed for lying under oath—can get his full government pension. Can you imagine if a Republican tried to hire a disgraced government official who lied under oath?
Hatred for Trump runs deep and strong in the Democratic Party, which only sees justice through a partisan lens. It’s clear that the left still feels the sting of 2016, but that’s no reason for Democrats to rush to Twitter or the television cameras screaming bloody murder. Every firing isn’t the end of the world—certainly not this one. Even Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and Trump critic, conceded, “You know, his firing may be justified.” Perhaps Democrats need to be a bit more selective on what actions they decide to be outraged over. When you get outraged over a completely justified dismissal, Americans will ignore you, even when you have a real reason to protest.