The FBI has seen better days, at least when it comes to public image. I know the dedicated field staff, the boots on the ground getting the job done, are still doing the job and doing it well. But closed cases and apprehended criminals are not the focus of the public’s attention. Today’s FBI is being evaluated based on the actions of those at the top and the public giving them an “F”. So, it should come as no surprise that some at the top are starting to topple.

On Monday, Jan 29th it was announced that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is “on terminal leave” until his already announced retirement. For those who have worked in government positions this is code for “You’re fired!” but will be allowed to retire. Agency officials have confirmed that McCabe will no longer be reporting to work at the FBI.

The J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) building stands in Washington, D.C., U.S.

This should come as no surprise. McCabe is a long time Democrat with strong ties to the DNC. His wife ran for the Virginia Senate in 2015 with the support of the Clinton machine, something which drew the attention of the newly elected President Trump following his conflict with James Comey. Trump even tweeted about his belief that McCabe was a “Clinton Puppet”. I am amazed he survived this long.

In recent weeks McCabe has been linked to numerous FBI scandals including the anti-Trump email exchange between other FBI officials and the reported loss of thousands of those emails ahead of a Congressional hearing and DOJ Inspector General investigation. The final nail in his professional coffin appears to be another widely reported FBI debacle- misuse of the agency by the Obama Administration for unwarranted, possibly illegal, surveillance of then-candidate Donald Trump. McCabe’s “terminal leave” comes shortly after FBI Director Christopher Wray’s examination of a memo in the GOP’s possession which reportedly details the extent of that surveillance program, naming McCabe as being aware of the activities.

The question that remains is “Where will it end?” The house cleaning started with Comey and now it has taken down his #2. Given the information available to the public it is unlikely he will be the last to fall, although until Congress releases documents in their possession it is hard to tell who will be next. Of course, there is also the yet to be released Department of Justice Inspector General’s report. One must believe that more high-level members of the FBI, many of whom have been open supporters of Clinton and equally critical of Trump, will soon be clearing their offices. But, I would not feel too sorry for them. Most will still retain a pension, and many will find the civilian workforce lucrative with large price speaking engagements and think tank positions opening as soon as the FBI’s doors close.

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Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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