“I would’ve done it differently. I’m not the president. But I certainly would’ve done it differently if I was.” – Senator Marco Rubio on hearing of F.B.I Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s firing
Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions finally had the guts to do the right thing and fire former F.B.I. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and doing so but a mere 26 hours before he would have received full retirement benefits…benefits McCabe assumed were safely his after having been with the F.B.I. for over two decades during which time he worked his way up the chain of command, now retiring from his number two position just this past January 29th…but thankfully oh how wrong he was.
Fired based upon reports from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, the nonpartisan Office of the Inspector General that just happens to be headed by Obama appointee Michael E. Horowitz…and upon the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, Andrew McCabe’s downfall was of his own doing for he took it upon himself to initiate “unauthorized releases” of information to a news reporter about the F.B.I.’s ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she held the position of Secretary of State.
However, the fact is that the F.B.I. rarely if ever shares information regarding any ongoing investigation with any in the media let alone shares with anyone what’s deemed to be “specific and sensitive” information. And it was just that sort of information which was found in a Wall Street Journal article…information they would not have known about or been privy to unless it was directly given to them…information that was never meant for public dissemination.
And to compound the issue, McCabe, who when questioned by investigators while under oath, deliberately lied, yes lied as in committed perjury, about his involvement or what he perceived to be his lack thereof in this oh so sorted matter. Aided by the liberal Trump-hating media who tried to downplay if not outright ‘whitewash’ his involvement by simply reporting that McCabe “lacked candor” in both his official testimony and his interactions with investigators examining his media disclosures, McCabe thought by his retiring when he did…as in before the final F.B.I. report came out…meant that he was as the say, home free. Remember, Andrew McCabe never in his wildest dreams thought that AG Jeff Sessions would have the guts to fire him…let alone did he ever think that his pension would be taken away even if he did.
The answer to that is a resounding ‘no’ for the truth is that Andrew McCabe’s pension was not taken away, it is just being delayed. And while key Democrats should know this as fact….no matter their now claiming otherwise…so should the Republicans who both sympathized with and cried fowl for McCabe known this as fact. And these Republicans include but are not limited to Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent who said that AG Sessions needed to “have the guts” to say no to President Trump regarding the firing of Andrew McCabe as it looked to be nothing but a “vindictive” move by the president to which he added that he believed Sessions was “browbeaten” into firing McCabe after weeks of public humiliation from Trump.
And then there’s Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio who upon hearing about McCabe’s firing said not only should AG Jeff Sessions not have fired McCabe, but who on last Sunday’s Meet the Press said that, “He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend.”
And to both men and any others in McCabe’s corner I say “no, you are absolutely wrong” as McCabe being allowed to retire on the date of his choosing…as in after last weekend…would have seen his full pension given to him without even a delay as punishment. In other words, without even a slap on the wrist for such a grievous wrong he alone committed, albeit with help from any number of his assorted fellow swamp and Deep State dwellers.
And Andrew McCabe’s response to said firing and to the pension issue…the only issue that truly concerns this greedy and oh so corrupt swamp dweller…were but empty bloviations. Saying in a statement that, “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,” McCabe knows well that his firing has only to do with his own malfeasance just like he knows as fact that as one of the 2,2 million federal employees his pension is subsidized, insured, and guaranteed him by we taxpayers. So, his playing the victim will not work for McCabe knows that he remains eligible for federal retirement benefits and that he will not now or in the future lose the entirety of what would have been a $1.8 million pension if he had retired at a later date.
How so…know that in his number two position at the F.B.I., McCabe was more than just a bit familiar with the requirements in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and how federal employees become “vested” after five years of federal service. And he is well “vested” as serving in the F.B.I. since 1996…meaning his “accruals” cannot be taken away…they can be delayed but not permanently taken away. So the four Democratic lawmakers lining up to hire McCabe for the federal job that they think could get him over the retirement “hump” are either as delusional as he is or are just plain oblivious to how government pensions work.
And here’s an interesting little side note…when Andrew McCabe began working for the F.B.I. in New York in 1996, where he was assigned to investigate Russian organized crime…the Russians come back to haunt I’d say.
But I digress…while Andrew McCabe will indeed lose his eligibility to a special “top-up” in the benefit formula…all this means is that he will not gain access to what’s known as “early pension recovery” at age 50…McCabe is now 49 and a half…but he still will gain access to said pension between the ages of 57 to 62…which is the standard federal retirement period. And being that McCabe is already a multi-millionaire in his own right, this crying about his pension makes him, to be perfectly honest, look just another D.C. greedy politician crying over his self-perceived just deserts being in his mind erroneously taken away.
And what this all translates into is the fact that Andrew McCabe’s pension benefits will (unfortunately) still be waiting for him when he’s legally allowed to retire…at age 57. In fact, as per legal affairs columnist Debra Roth, “If you are not eligible for an immediate annuity at the time of termination, you do not lose your eligibility for a “deferred” annuity just like any other federal worker who leaves federal service short of being fully eligible to collect a retirement annuity. Your annuity will be deferred until you reach the age eligibility to collect a deferred annuity.”
And that statement alone should stop the media and his supporters from trying trying to paint Andrew McCabe as the targeted victim of what they call “early pension denial” simply because of the rightful nature of his firing.
In fact, as stated in 5 U.S.C. §8412(d)(2): “an employee who is separated from the service, except by removal ‘for cause’ on charges of misconduct or delinquency…after becoming 50 years of age and completing 20 years of service as a law enforcement officer, member of the Capitol Police or Supreme Court Police, firefighter, nuclear materials courier, or customs and border protection officer, or any combination of such service totaling at least 20 years…is entitled to an annuity.”
In other words, because Andrew McCabe was legally fired “for cause” (remember, McCabe was fired on recommendation of the F.B.I.’s own Office of Professional Responsibility) and will most likely just lose the “accrual” into his pension of what would have been seven and a half more years worth of pay…the pay between the age he did retire…as in 49 and a half…and the age at which he should have retired…as in age 57…if he wanted to receive his full pension.
Andrew McCabe knew exactly what he was doing when he suddenly took the cowardly way out and retired before his full “accrual” time was reached for he counted on this move helping him to set the stage for his playing the victim…a victim he claims continues to be publicly bullied by the very man who, unfortunately in his eyes, became the president…but I say by the very man who much to McCabe’s chagrin is right in what he says and in what he tweets.
A true Hillary loyalist no matter his voting card saying he’s a registered Republican, Andrew McCabe was and remains a so-called “partisan hack” and a man with a grudge to bear. And the fact that this grudge festered, grew, and morphed over time into actions bordering on if not outright being treason, resulted in his willingly and knowingly not only tampering with but actually trying to sway an ongoing investigation in favor of one Hillary Clinton, the woman who should have been indicted on numerous charges long ago.
And I would not be surprised if for his efforts Andrew McCabe is not somehow secretly and “under the table” monetarily rewarded by that very woman, after all he and his good buddy James Comey did try to help “fix” not only an investigation but an election for her as well.
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