You’re Fired: Deputy FBI Director McCabe Axed Hours Before Retirement

 

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It’s over. Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe has been fired from the bureau. The announcement occurred a little after 10 P.M. The move comes around two days prior to McCabe receiving his hefty pension package. That is now in doubt, though The Washington Post said McCabe could file a lawsuit to receive full benefits. He spoke with FBI officials for four hours this week to ensure he wasn’t terminated before his pre-determined retirement. McCabe was forced out of his position at the FBI in January, but he wasn’t fired. He was put on something called “terminal leave,” where he remains employed at the FBI until his retirement that was set to be later this month. It would’ve allowed him to obtain that $1.8 million pension that was lined up (via WaPo):

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire.

Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department Inspector General and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

He said based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge. McCabe has been fighting vigorously to keep his job, and on Thursday, he spent nearly four hours inside the Justice Department pleading his case.

McCabe was cited for improperly disclosing the friction between the Department of Justice and the FBI over the investigation into the Clinton Foundation to The Wall Street Journal, and for misleading investigators when questioned about it in a DOJ inspector general report. Due to this revelation, the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended his termination.

In a statement, Attorney Jeff Sessions explained why he decided to terminate McCabe effective immediately:

After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe.  Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions.

The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability.  As the OPR proposal stated, “all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.”

Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.

UPDATE: McCabe says the Obama-appointed IG is singling him out.

UPDATE II: President Trump says McCabe firing is a “great day for democracy.”

Syrian refugees beginning to arrive in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) – The flood of refugees migrating from the terror in Syria and Afghanistan has begun to have a trickle effect in the New Orleans area.

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But some have argued against the U.S. accepting Syrian refugees, fearing terrorists might slip through the cracks. We turned to former New Orleans FBI chief and anti-terrorism expert Jim Bernazzani for insight on whether that’s a legitimate concern. Before coming to New Orleans, Bernazzani worked to ramp up the nation’s anti-terror strategies after 911.

“If I was in charge of ISIL, logistically I’d take advantage of this situation and put my people in, into the United States,” Bernazzani said. “Now with that said, the FBI is on top of this big time with our Joint Terrorism Task Force and we have what’s called a Terrorist Screening Center that these individuals will be run through.”

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$600 Mil in Obamacare Deals Plagued With Fraud, Negligence

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Months after Judicial Watch exposed massive security risks with the government’s healthcare.gov website, afederal audit reveals that the public employees responsible for overseeing the disastrous Obamacare site were not properly trained, failed to keep adequate records and stood by as delays mounted to millions over the original contract costs.

We’re talking an astounding $600 million in contracts to build the website for the president’s signature healthcare law. The government employees tasked with supervising the colossal project actually helped private contractors fleece American taxpayers, according to an investigation conducted by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG). Most of the derelict employees work at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which manages federal healthcare programs including Obamacare. The IG determined there were widespread failures and poor oversight by CMS, which functions under HHS.

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The fascist state of America

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There comes a time in the course of human events that it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands that have connected them with another. America is fast hurtling toward that time.

The United States was founded on the republican principles of federalism (states’ rights) and representative government. Today’s government is “constitutional” in name only.

The undocumented usurper currently despoiling the peoples’ house has for six years shown utter disdain for the founding document. In a town hall meeting on Wednesday last, Barack Obama bragged that he has expanded his authorities “under executive action and prosecutorial discretion.”

But Article III of the Constitution lays out the chief executive’s authorities quite explicitly. There is no room for “expanding” them within the scope of the Constitution. The President is neither tasked with nor authorized to write law or change it. That falls solely under the scope of Congress, as outlined in Article I, Section 1. The executive’s role under Article III, Section 4 is to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

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Excuse Me, Mr. Terrorist, Are You OK?

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There are those who conduct themselves with a clear penchant for humility, pragmatism, and those so-called leaders who yell “fire” in church because it’s the only way they can be saved. Mrs. Feinstein, I have neither the stomach nor the inclination to aid your vindictive campaign to politically exploit and berate our intelligence community, those patriots who tirelessly toil to protect ignorant and ungrateful hypocrites like yourself, so I instead would like to embark on a brief history lesson. Do you recall, Senator, when your accomplice and savior, Barack Obama, “spiked the football” and referenced (knighted) himself for the umpteenth time to somehow infer he was personally responsible for finding and killing Osama Bin Laden…the most wanted man in the world? “I ordered, solely my decision, at my discretion” were but a few of the pious declarations made at the expense of the true embodiment of courage and bravery, the U.S. Navy Seals.

If you may, Diane, by what sheer fortune or natural phenomenon do you actually believe this monumental task was accomplished? Please don’t tell us your progressive predilections actually presume that by offering evil an olive branch – three squares a day, a prayer mat and a warm cot – Islam’s most ardent zealots are going to inexplicably commit to peace and spill their most insidious secrets; their insatiable plans and desire to murder the infidel? As you callously silence the screams and conveniently misplace the names of your countrymen killed at Ground Zero, the Marine barracks in Lebanon, or those murdered aboard the USS Cole, it’s painfully obvious you have absolutely no recollection or appreciation for the perilous means, the exhaustive efforts, that were employed to identify Bin Laden’s operatives and thus locate his whereabouts in order to end his infamous reign of terror. For roughly a decade thousands of intelligence and military personnel risked life and limb to scour over every crumb of data, no matter how isolated or promising, in hopes of achieving one singular goal: saving American lives. Yet, standing on your predisposed Anti-American platform of derision and division, you have the gall to sabotage these ongoing efforts, damage our credibility and embolden our enemy by distorting the truth with your complete lack of perspective.

In honor of the non-dialectic movement known as liberalism, let us digress! Would a majority Americans stand opposed to predominately non-fatal interrogation methods that potentially protected thousands of lives, arguably another 9/11, or would they put their trust in those extremists – not your shameless Tea Party fabrications, mind you – who renew their vows daily to destroy Western Civilization; AKA, “We the People”? While the CIA waterboarded known terrorist elements, used solitary and psychological tactics to extract critical information, Islamic terrorists were busy beheading, brutalizing and raping women and children – both American and native nonbelievers. And guess which faction the good Senator and her inquisition chose to denounce, let alone recognize? What you call grotesque or a clear violation of international protocol pales in comparison to the atrocities committed by radical Islam…those whom Democrats and the U.N. continue to aid and abet with their dollars and indifference. You dare lecture America about protocol and principles when your constituents showed absolutely no regard for the victims of Benghazi; those left to die in the most inhumane manner – beaten, sodomized, and/or burned alive – because their government cared more about appeasing Muslim sentiment in the region than saving those who faithfully served their country? Has your fearless leader’s incorrigible standards “to stand down” also led your conscience to block all and any efforts to hold this administration accountable for their blatant breach of duty? Apparently so.

The enemy combatants you so empathetically embrace over the welfare of your own homeland are neither human or deserving of any protections whatsoever afforded by the Geneva Convention. As rogue merchants of death forged from an antiquated and malevolent religion, these captured militants are neither of a recognized army or fighting on behalf of a sovereign nation at war. However, because the radical left continues to distort the totality of our tactics and incessantly fights for detainees’ rights – providing legal representation and procuring inane agreements allowing these murderers to rejoin their bloodthirsty ranks – our intelligence community must once again defend its common sense efforts to safeguard this nation. Despite being privy to a glut of contradictory evidence detailing the countless terrorist threats thwarted by our intelligence agencies on a routine basis, perhaps Senator Feinstein and her merry band of antagonists would like to validate their sensational findings by living amongst their misunderstood Muslim brothers in Syria, Gaza, Egypt or Iraq. Something tells me when their apologetic appendages are left to rot in the desert of Islamic good will, just like the universally welcomed hostages of ISIS or al Qaeda, they’ll wish they’re partisan report was waterboarded by airport security and their flights cancelled in the name of self-preservation. Yes, in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. Some just need a refreshing glass of water to help them find the answers their contradictions are choking on.

“Incompetence or Willful Misdirection”?

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We are at a point where it is difficult to determine if our nation is endangered by the possibility of more cases of Ebola entering our nation because of “incompetence or willful misdirection.”

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I highly recommend taking the time to read Jonathan V. Last’s excellent article, “Six Reasons to Panic,” which appears in the current issue of The Weekly Standard. Jonathan Last states,

As a rule, one should not panic at whatever crisis has momentarily fixed the attention of cable news producers. But the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has migrated to both Europe and America, may be the exception that proves the rule. There are at least six reasons that a controlled, informed panic might be in order.

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Obama Will Be Laughing All the Way to the Bank When Our Cities Burn as the Result of His Policies..

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Did you know that the number of illegal immigrants that enter Texas each week is greater than the number of babies being born to citizens of that state? The mainstream media is shining the spotlight very brightly on all of the children that are coming over, and there is a reason for that. They are trying to tug on our heartstrings. But there is another part of the story that you aren’t hearing much about. By refusing to protect our borders, Barack Obama has allowed hundreds of thousands of gang members to illegally enter the United States and settle in our major cities. In many communities, gang activity is already wildly out of control, and someday our cities will burn because of the foolishness of the federal government.

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