The head of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, isn’t scared of President Donald J. Trump, and he’s letting the world know it. In a public statement, he asserted that the firing of FBI Director James Cooney would not in any way hinder their efforts in the Trump-Russia investigation. It’s an unusual move for the intelligence organization to make — one that has some experts questioning whether there may be more at the heart of the issue than the public is aware of.
“The work of the men and women of the FBI. continues despite any changes in circumstances,” McCabe confirmed. “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date. Simply put, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing.”
Exactly what constitutes “the right thing” remains up for discussion. The words seem pointed and directed, but neither McCabe nor anyone else from the FBI have specified exactly what situation they’re referring to. The response could simply be an effort to regain public trust, or it could be a thinly veiled threat to Trump and Russia that they’re close to uncovering hard evidence of deception and treason.
McCabe did make special reference to investigation one time, confirming that he believed the investigation was well-funded when asked.
“If you are referring to the Russia investigation, I do. I believe we have the adequate resources to do it and I know that we have resourced that investigation adequately.”
The POTUS took to Twitter in a firestorm of tweets after James Comey was fired early in the week, vehemently claiming that the change occurred not because he was trying to hide something, but because Comey was a loose cannon and unreliable. Trump also claimed that Comey was bad at his job and that the firing was “a long time coming.”
This comes shortly after Trump apparently had dinner with Comey, at which time the FBI Director assured him that he wasn’t under scrutiny within the investigation.
“I actually asked him, yes. I said, ‘If it’s possible will you let me know, am I under investigation?’ He said, ‘You are not under investigation.”
James Comey has yet to deny or confirm the claims, leaving many to speculate whether or not the dinner itself even occurred.
Democrats are now calling for a special prosecutor to handle the fallout.
When pressed for reasoning behind the firing of Comey, Trump asserted that the FBI Director had lost the support of his own agency. McCabe pointedly refuted this assertion, saying that Comey was widely supported and accepted.
“Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day. The vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”
Exactly how the situation will unfold remains to be seen. If the Democrats do manage to bring in a special prosecutor, and there is evidence of a connection, it could swiftly change the tides for Trump’s time in office. On the other hand, it could also unearth the truth in Trump’s favor — perhaps there really isn’t anything to find in the first place.