President Trump fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week prompting many to label the act as obstruction. To add insult to injury, Trump fired McCabe 26 hours before he was due to receive his full federal pension. The president then went on a Twitter tirade against McCabe, including hurling insults towards him.
Today, Fox News spoke to their senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano to get his take on McCabe’s firing, asking Napolitano if the act could come back to haunt the president.
According to Napolitano, Trump’s actions over the weekend could be perceived as an “obstruction of justice.” He went on to add that Trump firing McCabe was solely “vindictive.”
VOX reported that the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility made the recommendation to fire McCabe for what they referred to as “lack of candor” while speaking under oath.
Napolitano speculated McCabe was fired as he was “more likely than not to be a witness” to President Trump’s activities that have landed his administration under investigation.
“Firing him in that environment could very well be interpreted as an effort to diminish his effectiveness as a witness. What’s that called? Obstruction of justice,” Napolitano explained.
Shortly after being fired, McCabe claimed he had written down various meetings with President Trump. He insinuated that if those notes were to become a part of the record, they could damage Trump.
Two days after firing him, Trump again took to Twitter to deny McCabe ever jotted down a written transcript of their meetings. In the same tweet, Trump did something he had never done previously — call Former FBI Director James Comey out by name.
He referred to him as “Sanctimonious James Comey” and lambasted him for covering up “lies and corruption.” Comey retorted back with his own Tweet. “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”
Comey is referring to his book “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” which is due to be released on April 17. Ironically, after President Trump called out Comey, his book, which had been sitting in the top 20 on Amazon, skyrocketed to number one.
Only time will tell how the firing of McCabe will be interpreted as the Robert Mueller continues to move forward.