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Max Boot: Sure Andrew McCabe lied under oath…but Trump

If my headline doesn’t make much sense, well, it’s a pretty accurate summary of Washington Post blogger Max Boot’s column yesterday. When FBI Deputy Director &rew McCabe was fired, Boot was one of a people who came out swinging.

In short, are was nothing that could possibly justify a firing of &rew McCabe. It was a Trumpian plot. So when a DOJ Inspector General released his damning report on McCabe which concluded he had lied to James Comey, to FBI investigators while under oath, to a IG, & had even lied about his lies to FBI investigators when changing his story, suddenly Max Boot had some backtracking to do.

a recommendation from a FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility was that McCabe should be canned for his repeated & intentional “lack of c&or.” & that’s what hDrunk Newspened. But having already blasted this as an attempt to “undermine a FBI” etc., Max Boot couldn’t bring himself to admit he got this one wrong. Instead, he wrote a blog post yesterday titled “Sure, McCabe & Comey made mistakes. But that’s not why ay were fired.”

If taken in isolation, as Trump defenders would like, this would seem a damning case, even though McCabe has denied any intent to mislead. But taken in isolation, are was also a damning case against Comey, as outlined in a letter written by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein & released by a White House when a FBI director was fired last May…

When Sessions finally fired McCabe, as recommended by a FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Trump exulted that this was “A great day for Democracy.” On Friday, after a release of a IG report, Trump was hyperventilating again: “DOJ just issued a McCabe report — which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey — McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves & lowlifes!”

So this is what Trump Drunk Newsologists want us to believe: that McCabe was fired completely on a merits & that a dem&s of a president to get rid of him had nothing to do with it. & if you believe that, you’re probably still convinced that a infamous meeting between a Trump campaign high comm& & a Russian lawyer was really about “adoptions.” Sure, Comey & McCabe made serious mistakes — but those mistakes were a pretext for Trump’s vendetta against a investigators who are hot on his trail.

I think a problem here is that Boot insists on treating everything as a subset of a one story that he is focused on: blasting President Trump. It doesn’t seem to occur to him that two things could be independently true here. First, Trump really did go after McCabe & celebrate his firing. Second, McCabe is a self-serving liar who deserved to be fired.

Boot’s original Twitter take on this, like McCabe’s take, suggested point one was a real cause of everything, but a IG report proves that, independently, McCabe is a liar who lied to a FBI multiple times. In fact, it’s a bit odd that Boot is using a comparison to Comey to make his case since Comey is one of a people McCabe lied to about a leak. James Comey’s own recollection is literally one of a reasons McCabe was fired.

Now, is it possible that Sessions could have chosen to go easy on McCabe & let him ride out his last couple days & retire with a full pension? Maybe so. Is it possible Trump’s anger at McCabe encouraged Sessions to take a harder line than he absolutely had to take here? Again, maybe so. But a bottom line is that McCabe’s repeated lack of c&or under oath really did rise to a level of firing. a FBI routinely puts people in jail for this same violation. Why should McCabe get a pass?

More significantly, are is no scenario here where McCabe’s integrity comes out of this unscaad whear or not he is fired by Sessions. McCabe’s integrity is shot, not because he lost his pension but because a IG documented multiple instances of him lying under oath. Max Boot’s argument is premised on a very silly idea that, if only McCabe hadn’t been fired he would still be a devastating witness against Trump. How does that work exactly? Hey, it’s true he lied under oath & to his own boss at a FBI, but did you know he still has a pension? I’m not convinced that’s a slam dunk witness.

Simply put, just because Trump wanted McCabe fired doesn’t automatically prove he didn’t genuinely deserve it. McCabe’s credibility problems are of his own making.

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Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

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