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McCabe Resigns As FBI Deputy Director
Feb 1, 2018 at 04:08 PM
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Is the FBI biased against the President? Should McCabe have resigned?

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Why It's Relevant

Earlier this week, Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI, announced that he would retire from his post on March 18th.

President Trump has accused McCabe - and the broader FBI organization - of unfair bias against his administration. The President has specifically drawn attention to the time when McCabe's wife accepted nearly $500,000 from Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia and long-time friend to Hillary Clinton, during a failed state senate campaign in 2015. A recent report also suggests that McCabe waited a month before informing Congress of Hillary Clinton's emails on Weiner's laptop.

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Is the FBI biased against the President? Should McCabe have resigned?

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NBC News

Andrew McCabe's fishy resignation exposes House Oversight Committee cowardice

Kurt Bardella
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Our Article Commentary

This opinion from NBC News was chosen as a view from the left because it included the following types of arguments:

  • During the Benghazi investigation, Republican members of the House Oversight Committee responded aggressively to reports that the Obama administration had made threats against government workers who were willing to cooperate with the investigation.
  • By contrast, today, these House Oversight Republicans have remained silent, even as President Trump publicly and viciously attacks those who are cooperating with the Russia investigation, most namely Andrew McCabe.
  • These House Oversight Republicans have decided to use their tools to obstruct FBI investigations into Trump, rather than acting as unbiased seekers of the truth.
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The New York Times

Fix the F.B.I. Don't politicize it.

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This opinion piece from the New York Times was selected as a view from the mid-left because it included these types of arguments:

  • Andrew McCabe is just one of many FBI officials who had conflicts of interest throughout the Clinton investigation and other FBI activities in 2016.
  • Unfortunately, much-needed reform at the FBI is being politicized by Trump's constant attacks on the agency, undermining the efforts being made.
  • Trump's fundamental misconceptions about his presidential authority, evidenced by his spread of false narratives and politicization of law enforcement, put him “at odds” with the vision the founding fathers had for this country.  
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The Wall Street Journal

Cleaning Up Comey's F.B.I.

Editorial Board
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This editorial from The Wall Street Journal was selected as a view from the mid-right because it included these types of claims:

  • FBI director Christopher Wray is conducting a much-needed cleanup of former director James Comey's FBI, which was riddled with conflicts of interest and missteps.
  • Andrew McCabe's failure to recuse himself from the Clinton investigation, as well as the fact that the FBI ethics office cleared him to remain in the case, is evidence of FBI bias that must be eliminated.
  • The FBI should not be “above political oversight”, and President Trump is right to criticize their actions.
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Fox Business

The Swamp is starting to be drained slowly

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This opinion from Lou Dobbs of Fox Business was chosen as a view from the right because it included these types of arguments:

  • It appears as if McCabe, and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, may have been implicated in the upcoming House Intel memo on surveillance abuses, especially because McCabe's resignation came less than 48 hours after FBI Director Wray reviewed the House memo.
  • President Trump promised to drain the swamp when he took office. It appears that the extent of the "stench of the swamp" may be much deeper than previously realized.
  • The Republicans who serve on the House Intelligence Committee are finally holding our political officials accountable. Nobody in Washington should think that they are beyond criticism.
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