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FBI Deputy Director set to retire after blistering attack from Republicans and Twitter tirade from Donald Trump.

Courtesy of Vox: 

The reason Trump is so angry goes back to a long-running controversy over McCabe’s wife’s allegedly compromising political ties to Hillary Clinton. In 2015, McCabe’s wife ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia, backed in part with money provided by the state Democratic party and a Clinton ally — the “Clinton Puppets” in Trump’s first tweet. Trump and other Republicans have used this probe to argue that McCabe is secretly harboring an anti-Republican agenda. 

The reason it’s coming now, despite this having been known for over a year, is that McCabe’s name surfaced in a controversial text message sent by FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was recently removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe over evidence of anti-Trump political bias. Strzok had mentioned someone named “Andy” in a text message with federal attorney Lisa Page, seeming to suggest there was a discussion about Trump — and not a positive one — in McCabe’s office. 

These revelations have led a number of prominent Republicans in Congress to outright call for McCabe’s firing. 

“He oughta be replaced. And I’ve said that before and I’ve said it to people who can do it,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters earlier in the week. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chair of the House Oversight Committee, went even further during a Fox News appearance on Tuesday, suggesting that McCabe would likely be gone in the next week. 

But there is little evidence so far that McCabe harbors some kind of personal vendetta against the president, let alone any evidence that it’s affecting his job performance.

All of the reasons given above for this coordinated attempt to push McCabe out seem legitimate, and they may in fact be the reasons, but I tend to think there might be another reason.

Courtesy of The Hill: 

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testified before the House Intelligence Committee that former FBI Director James Comey told him about conversations he had with President Trump, including Trump’s request for loyalty, according to a new report. 

CNN reports that McCabe told lawmakers during his testimony this week that Comey told him about conversations he had with Trump after they occurred. 

McCabe told the committee that Comey also told him about Trump’s request for loyalty, according to CNN’s Manu Raju.

McCabe was one of the few people that James Comey confided in after having that bizarre meeting with Trump, during which he was asked to back off the Flynn investigation, and to pledge his loyalty to Trump.

In other words McCabe's testimony offers proof that Trump engaged in obstructionism.

Trump can't let that guy stick around, now can he?

 Of course it might be a little too late, since obviously McCabe has already shared this information with investigators. And could continue to do so whether he stays in the FBI or not.

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