Call your members of Congress to complain, LOUDLY but POLITELY, about the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
So, this bullshit went down late on Friday, March 16. McCabe was set to retire from the FBI, effective Sunday, March 18, 2018. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected his appeal and ordered him fired on Friday, allegedly due to displaying a lack of candor under oath more than once. (Yes, it is rich that Jeff Sessions, of all people, is using that justification to fire McCabe, but there you are.)
The report on which Sessions based is ruling has not been released as of Saturday, March 17, 2018. He did not accuse McCabe of lying under oath, but it’s impossible to know the strength and merits of the charges without seeing this report.
See various articles from March 16 on the firing:
See also this Washington Post piece that details reasons why Trump wanted McCabe gone:
Here also is McCabe’s full statement on the firing, printed in this Vox article:
Many, many, good, sharp tweets from good, sharp people followed.
But Celeste Pewter (who you should be following on Twitter at @Celeste_Pewter), put her finger on why the McCabe firing is bad in a series of tweets on Friday night, and pointed to one thing we can do, and should do, to push back:
This is petty, vindictive behavior. We need to be OUTRAGED at how this administration is treating him. Call your electeds. If we don’t respond, and continue to respond, this will continue to happen to others.
I’m serious, all. It’s easy to say: “Yep, the chaos continues.” But we need to draw a line in the sand. Incremental acceptance for this behavior, is not good for any of us. It’s not just about McCabe; it’s about the precedents being set by this administration.
Let me put this another way: McCabe might be fine, with inevitable book deals and making tours of media shows. But what about all of the other staffers who are fired for getting on the wrong side of this administration, without McCabe’s job or profile? This is about them too.
Eg. This story about State staffers being canned for disloyalty has been buried because of how bonkers this week has been, but what about staffers like this? Call. Your. Electeds. Now.
She included a link to this Washington Post story about folks at the State Department being marked for firing and pushed out for not being ‘loyal’ enough to Trump:
An addendum: If you don’t think McCabe’s firing is a petty PREMEDITATED move, I present Trump’s 12/23 tweet: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/944666448185692166 … As I said, call your reps. Or this will keep happening. Don’t just write this off as more drama for this week.
Here is the Trump tweet she referenced:
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!
So, that’s your task for Monday. Call your two Senators and your House rep and make it damn clear (politely, always politely) you protest the firing of McCabe and you want them to, too.
Here’s her suggested script:
We can’t stress this point enough. Humiliating as that was for McCabe, he has recourse, and ultimately, he will be fine.
We need to stick up for the anonymous cogs in the governmental system who are refusing to carry out illegal and outrageous orders from the Trump administration–the people who are too minor to attract seven-figure book deals and too obscure to command a following if they quit their jobs rather than do something wrong, or risk their pensions by refusing to do wrong.
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After you call your MoCs, tweet about the experience using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.
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