andrew mccabes statement

I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.
For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us.

No more.

The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.

The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.

But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.

Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.

This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.

I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.

I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.


joni mitchell

judgement of the moon and the stars
joni mitchell

No tongue in the bell
And the fishwives yell
But they might as well be mute
So you get to keep the pictures
That don’t seem like much
Cold white keys under your fingers
Now you’re thinking
“That’s no substitute
It just don’t do it
Like the song of a warm warm body
Loving your touch”

In the court they carve your legend
With an apple in its jaw
And the women that you wanted
They get their laughs
Long silk stockings
On the bedposts of refinement
You’re too raw
They think you’re too raw
It’s the judgement of the moon and stars
Your solitary path
Draw yourself a bath
Think what you’d like to have
For supper
Or take a walk
A park
A bridge
A tree
A river
Revoked but not yet cancelled
The gift goes on
In silence
In a bell jar
Still a song

my brother ed wrote this

“These are dark and desperate times in our democracy.
Did the Founding Fathers or for that matter any seated Congress repeatedly try and pass laws that vast majority of Americans did not want?
Did they do so in the middle of the night? On bills that had not be read by the voters? Adding trillions to the national debt? Taking services from those who can least afford it, even children? Transferring more wealth to the wealthy and corporations from the lowest income members of our society.
This is madness. America is looking out for a hero, can you be that hero?
Someone, somewhere needs to stand up to this. Congress is voting on bills that are barely written, much less vetted that will negatively impact the majority of Americans for years to come. It needs to be stopped.
Let’s start with the ACA. For six months or more this was debated by Congress and the changes proposed did not pass. So what happens when it doesn’t get passed? The Congressional leadership throws it into a tax bill for a portion of the cuts that they did not get when they couldn’t pass the bill. An estimated 13 Million Americans will not have insurance based on this.
State and local taxes no longer being able to be deducted, or capped at a rate that is ridiculously low, is nothing more than a punitive action against the states that did not vote for the current Administration. These states are the ones which already contribute the most to the federal government. This will have a major impact on the housing market and economies of these states. This will no doubt negatively impact which funding to the federal government. Did no one in Congress take Economics?
Then there are the inappropriate and bizarre additions to this tax bill.
• Setting up 529 college savings accounts for unborn children? With millions of graduates saddled by student loans (which the bill would not have tax deductible interest), young people not being able to afford college and the solution is 529 plans for fetuses? In a tax bill no less?
• Finally, churches endorsing candidates? How about they pay taxes for the privilege? And then there is the separation of church and state. You want to throw out the First Amendment – you need to change the Constitution – not throw this in a tax bill.
America was founded as a country with rights for all citizens with a legislative process that has worked for over 200+ years. This is not the way things are supposed to run in our great democracy. This bill will further concentrate the wealth in the hands of a few and will detrimentally impact the lives of those who are least able to deal with it.
I believe you are a moral person who is looking to do the right thing. The right thing to do here it to take the time to come up with a plan that works for ALL Americans not just the privileged few.
I leave you with the words of the Bible:
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
— 1 John 3:17
Please work to stop this madness and vote against the proposed tax bill. America is holding out for a hero. You can be that hero.”

the journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life that you could save.

Mary Oliver
The Journey


trump tweets about me

thank u @trumparchives

Dec 14, 2011 10:11:31 AM
#trumpvlog Same last name, same bad [email protected] and @rosie…..

Dec 14, 2011 11:45:55 AM
I feel sorry for Rosie ‘s new partner in love whose parents are devastated at the thought of their daughter being with @Rosie–a true loser.

Dec 14, 2011 12:19:00 PM
#badratings @Rosie you will never make it. You are not funny or talented.

Dec 14, 2011 12:20:55 PM
Save your time @rosie and focus on your horrible ratings, and don’t mention my name on talk shows anymore or you will get more of the same.

Dec 15, 2011 10:56:16 AM
With the number of tweets sad sack @Rosie has done, she has totally lost control of herself– hopefully not a breakdown.

Dec 15, 2011 12:05:54 PM
Please send a psychiatrist to help @Rosie, she’s in a bad state. To @Rosie’s girlfriend’s parents— get

Jan 17, 2012 10:29:37 AM
Rosie O’Donnell’s show is “dead”- can’t keep going for long with such poor ratings. @Rosie is a stone cold

Mar 19, 2012 11:26:32 AM
My @foxandfriends interview where I discuss @Rosie being canceled yet again and how she just can’t make it on TV

Mar 20, 2012 09:54:36 AM
I am so glad @Rosie got fired by @Oprah. Rosie is a bully and it’s always nice to see bullies go down!

Mar 21, 2012 10:30:58 AM
He @RickSantorum has as much chance of being the GOP nominee as @Rosie does of ever having a successful

Apr 30, 2012 11:01:02 AM
Rosie O’Donnell should leave Lindsay Lohan alone–@Rosie has bigger problems than Lindsay. Lindsay’s mother called my office for help

Apr 30, 2012 11:57:15 AM
Good Morning America is thrilled @Rosie is working for the @todayshow–that means almost guaranteed success for @GMA

May 10, 2012 10:10:23 AM
[email protected] attacked @MittRomney. She is an average talent who is out of touch with reality. Like @Rosie O’Donnell, a total loser!

May 15, 2012 01:45:13 PM
My @gretawire interview discussing @BarackObama’s misleading political ad, @MittRomney’s response and @Cher & @Rosie

May 29, 2012 10:48:13 AM
Losers such as George Will and @Rosie use me to get publicity for themselves. They are strictly third rate.

Aug 21, 2012 11:36:22 AM
[email protected], get better fast. I’m starting to miss you!

Oct 18, 2012 04:06:18 PM
Hey @Rosie–how is your recovery going? I hope you are doing well so we can start fighting again soon!

Oct 19, 2012 09:25:33 AM
@Rosie @realDonaldTrump Thanks for the info Rosie–get well.

Oct 25, 2012 11:46:27 AM
[email protected] @theviewtv will apologize to me just like she did when I was right about @Rosie. Besides, I get great ratings on The View.

Nov 9, 2012 04:02:02 PM
She’s baaack! @Rosie needs me to salvage her dying career. But it won’t help– she’s got no talent & no persona. Too many tv cancellations!

Nov 20, 2012 02:29:01 PM
I am going to give @Rosie a pass. @Rosie is desperate to get back on TV so she can be on yet another show that can be quickly canceled.

Nov 20, 2012 02:29:51 PM
I was nice to loser @rosie and she attacked me–it just shows never let up with a bully. They only fade when you hit them hard!

Dec 21, 2012 09:46:07 AM
@Nc777ww He is a loser who will self-destruct, just like @Rosie!

Dec 21, 2012 11:17:01 AM
[email protected]–If America’s Got Talent uses you, the show will fail like all your others!

Dec 21, 2012 11:20:42 AM
Dopey @Rosie–I never went bankrupt–ABC already apologized to me for your stupid statement in the past–they didn’t want a lawsuit.

Dec 23, 2012 10:03:49 AM
@Skyhawk442 @Rosie I agree!

Jan 10, 2013 02:08:06 PM
My @extratv interview discussing @Rosie’s new baby, my acceptance of @billmaher’s $5M offer & hiring @_KatherineWebb

Feb 13, 2013 02:10:02 PM
@droppinloads29 @billmaher @Rosie But Rosie is smarter than @billmaher

Sep 25, 2014 03:03:17 PM
[email protected]—No offense, and good luck on the new show, but remember, you started it!

Dec 1, 2014 10:42:08 AM
Just as I predicted @Rosie would fail on The View-

Dec 1, 2014 10:44:56 AM
Ratings way down, show irrelevant. Why haven’t they learned? @Rosie always fails.

Dec 1, 2014 11:08:55 AM
Rosie O’Donnell went after me again on The View in order to stir up her failing ratings. Nothing will help her–@Rosie always fails.

Dec 1, 2014 11:31:21 AM
#TrumpVlog @Rosie needs to rest and relax. It’s not working.

Dec 1, 2014 03:25:57 PM
#TrumpVlog @Rosie wasn’t even a short term fix at The View.

Dec 1, 201403:59:04 PM
[email protected] Don’t let @Rosie speak badly of you or try to bring you down. She is rude, crude & not smart. She is not in your league.

Dec 1, 2014 05:02:17 PM
No surprise. @Rosie is failing on @TheView.Terrible ratings.“Malcontent” & another season is “out of the question”

Dec 2, 2014 04:36:51 PM
It’s Tuesday. How many more ‘The View’ Execs will leak that they want @rosie gone? Show is failing.

Dec 8, 2014 08:53:59 PM
Sorry, @Rosie is a mentally sick woman, a bully, a dummy and, above all, a loser. Other than that she is just wonderful!