The official GoFundMe account for fired FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe has reached $400,000, less than a day after his friends set up the page to help him deal with what they call an “extended humiliation” at the hands of the Trump administration.
Some 10,000 people have participated so far in the crowdfunding effort, which will help pay for McCabe’s legal defense. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him just days before he was slated to retire, dispossessing him of his pension and benefits, on the grounds that he was not candid under oath. McCabe denies he was dishonest, and plans to fight the loss of benefits.
His friends gushed over his “unblemished” career at the FBI on the GoFundMe page, and characterized the powerful D.C. insider as the victim of a “completely unjustified” firing by a cruel administration.
Andrew McCabe’s FBI career was long, distinguished, and unblemished. He embraced the most daunting, difficult, and important challenges that the FBI and the country could assign to him over the past 21 years. He served the United States with courage and distinction in the days following the President’s summary dismissal of former Director James Comey, in one of the most tumultuous periods in the Bureau’s history.
His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst repeated ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States.
They stress on the page that McCabe will not accept funds for personal use, because he hopes to win back his pension and benefits. The money will go to his legal defense, as he expects he will have to answer to Congress, will likely be investigated in the inspector general probe launched by the Justice Department, and may end up filing a lawsuit.
Sessions said McCabe has shown a lack of candor on more than one occasion, while under oath, which is a fireable offense. An internal report that has not yet been released reportedly accuses McCabe of being dishonest about authorizing FBI officials to talk to the press. People briefed on the internal report told The New York Times he dispatched an FBI spokesman and lawyer to defend himself from claims he had slowed down the investigation into the Clinton Foundation, which he oversaw.
McCabe worked closely with former FBI Director James Comey, and could be in a position to serve as a witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump sought to obstruct justice in conversations with Comey.