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The late Friday night firing of FBI Agent McCabe appears to be a Trump-Russian Mafia vendetta. FBI Agent McCabe spent a decade investigating Russian Organized Crime in New York City, as well as being a witness for Comey on Trump obstruction of justice charges.
“I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately, ” Trump AG Sessions statement excerpt, as it appeared in a VOA tweet at 10:23 PM, EDT, Mar 16, 2018, https://twitter.com/W7VOA The firing seems to have occurred around 10 pm EDT Friday night.
The statement, below, explains that McCabe has spent half of his over 21 year FBI career investigating Russian Organized Crime as both a street agent and a Supervisor in New York City. So, yes, he can corroborate former FBI Director Comey on obstruction, but there appears to be a lot more than that. They want vengeance, so fired him on Friday before he was to quit on Sunday in order to make McCabe lose his pension from over two decades of government service. Apparently, Trump missed the part that vendetta is a two-way street? Hurry-up Mueller!
Excerpt from McCabe statement, apparently issued shortly after he was fired:
“I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism… 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. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this…” (Andrew McCabe, March 16, 2018, emphasis our own – See entire statement further below.)
Reuters, reprinted by VOA, removed the most important part of his statement! https://www.voanews.com/a/andrew-mccabe-statment/4302846.html
https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-05-16-JEC-to-McCabe-FBI-Memos.pdf. Excerpt from Jason Chaffetz letter when he was head of the House Intel Committee before suddenly deciding he was too sick to even continue as a US Congressman. He went to work for Fox, which is owned by long-time Trump buddy Murdoch. Chaffetz’ surname indicates roots in the former Russian Empire-USSR (Belarus or Lithuania). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heifetz. Chaffetz is apparently Mormon.
If McCabe really thinks that it’s only about corroborating Comey and nothing to do with his role going after the Russian mafia, then no wonder the US lost the war against the Russian mafia and, worse, the Russia mob appears to have put their man in the White House! And, Comey actually indicted a Trump linked Russian mobster.
The New York Times explains: “Mr. McCabe was among the first at the F.B.I. to scrutinize possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. And he is a potential witness to the question of whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct justice… Mr. Comey said Mr. Trump prodded him to publicly exonerate the president on the question of Russian collusion and encouraged him to shut down an investigation into his national security adviser.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/16/us/politics/andrew-mccabe-fbi-fired.htm
Comey, as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, indicted the Russian Mafia Protector of Trump Tower Gambling Ring, Tokhtakhounov (Taiwanchik), for his alleged role in bribing Olympic officials. Comey’s firing, as well, appears to be a more complex vendetta than meets the eye. Based on an interview with him in a documentary (in French) the international warrant for Taiwanchik’s arrest cramps his style. It keeps him from traveling, as he would like, outside of Russia. Russia has the largest land area in the world, and its land grabs are making it larger.
According to Assistant US Attorney Harris Fischman, Vadim Trincher “directed much of the international racketeering enterprise from his $5 million apartment in Trump Tower…. Trincher’s apartment is located directly below one owned by Donald Trump, authorities said.” (Moscow Times, April 17 2013).
“How Did an Alleged Russian Mobster End Up on Trump’s Red Carpet?” Mother Jones, Sep 14, 2016, “And this new gambling indictment did not appear to inconvenience Tokhtakhounov. Seven months after the bust, he was a VIP attendee at Donald Trump’s Miss Universe 2013 contest held in Moscow…”
From the FBI archives: “The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization operated under the protection of ALIMZHAN TOKHTAKHOUNOV, who is known as a “Vor,” a term translated as “Thief-in-Law” that refers to a member of a select group of high-level criminals from the former Soviet Union. TOKHTAKHOUNOV used his status as a Vor to resolve disputes with clients of the high-stakes illegal gambling operation with implicit and sometimes explicit threats of violence and economic harm. During a single two-month period, TOKHTAKHOUNOV was paid $10 million for his services by the Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization. TOKHTAKHOUNOV is also under indictment in the Southern District of New York for his alleged involvement in bribing officials at the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City, Utah. https://web.archive.org/web/20170317215805/https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/newyork/press-releases/2013/manhattan-u.s.-attorney-charges-34-members-and-associates-of-two-russian-american-organized-crime-enterprises-with-operating-international-sportsbooks-that-laundered-more-than-100-million
According to Friedman (2000), the FBI couldn’t find Russian mobster Vyacheslav Ivankov and finally found out that he was in Trump Towers. When they couldn’t find him they also found him at the Trump owned Taj Mahal casino, which had become the Russian mafia’s preferred destination on the East Coast. See Robert Friedman’s Red Mafiya, 2000. Ivankov’s arrest appears to have been a year or two before McCabe started working for the FBI. But, going back to at least Roy Cohn, Trump appears to have been mob connected, and most likely Trump’s father was mob connected. Friedman’s book makes clear how old and new mafia worlds merged and evolved in the New York Metro area.
Excerpt from “WWW EXCLUSIVE: FELIX SATER LINKS TRUMP TO COMEY’S REPLACEMENT” originally published at WhoWhatWhy.org, MAY 15, 2017, by C. COLLINS: “President Donald Trump’s own words link the firing of James Comey as FBI director to the Bureau’s Russia probe. That move, however, might not have been well thought out because Andrew McCabe, Comey’s deputy and temporary replacement, could have unique firsthand knowledge of potential ties between Trump and organized crime in the former Soviet Union… the importance of McCabe’s prior history is part of the hidden backstory between the FBI and Trump.” Read this important article here: https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/05/15/www-exclusive-felix-sater-links-trump-comeys-replacement/
“In the absence of the IG report, it’s impossible to evaluate the merits of this harsh treatment of a 21-year FBI professional. That it comes after the President urged the DOJ to deprive McCabe of his pension, and after his testimony, gives the action an odious taint” (US Congressman Adam Schiff, 11.01 pm March 16, 2018) https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff
Full Statement by Andrew McCabe (text via CNN so could have typos – See screen capture from VOA further below): “I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time.
For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us.
The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed.
The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them.
But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people.
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. The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President. The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens. Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.
This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.
I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see.
I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred.”
As there appears to be no original, it is up to the reader to compare the two word for word (or not.)
Mainstream media outlets have printed things with typos at times.
McCabe statement via VOA news-embedded tweet before it was mysteriously removed from the VOA article in the wee hours of the morning.
What had been a decent VOA article when first posted was apparently re-written in the middle of the night to be a piece of worthless pro-Trump propaganda. Gone is the McCabe statement and only Trump’s tweet remains. They’ve done this before. What does “Masood Farivar contributed to this report” mean? Who wrote it? Maybe they will re-write it again and improve it this time? Is the dictatorship so complete now that Farivar or someone else had to rewrite it at 3.55 am EDT on Saturday and St. Patrick’s Day and remove McCabe’s statement to please/appease Trump? It would be mid-day in Russia. Update Note that they rewrote the article-retitled it sometime in the last 20 hours or so without admitting that they rewrote it. https://www.voanews.com/a/attorney-general-fires-former-fbi-official-mccabe/4302820.html