On Monday, Fox News show host Sean Hannity said that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration on Friday, may soon face criminal charges. Appearing on "Fox & Friends," Hannity said that alleged "serious crimes" committed by top echelon bureaucrats at the FBI and the Department of Justice should be investigated. He said that the reasons why former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was not indicted over her use of a private email server also deserves scrutiny. "It is the biggest abuse of power in the history of this country," said Hannity, adding that Clinton and her campaign are the ones who colluded with Russia by "buying Russian lies" in the form of the so-called Steele dossier.

In addition, Hannity believes that the current investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller may soon be at an end. The reports that President Donald Trump may soon remove Mueller, he said, is "fake news."

On Sunday, McCabe released a scathing statement at the CNN website, claiming that his firing, just days before he was to receive a federal pension, was an “attack on my credibility" and "part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.” 

“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.”

On Saturday, former FBI Director James Comey offered a defense of McCabe, writing on Twitter. “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”

On Monday, Hannity said on Fox that there are a number of questions raised about Comey’s actions during the 2016 presidential campaign, especially with regard to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server and the use of a dossier, assembled by a British spy and commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, that was used to obtain a surveillance warrant against Carter Page -- a volunteer on the Trump campaign. 

It was the FBI’s Office of Personal Responsibility that recommended McCabe's dismissal. Accusations of serious misconduct on his part apparently emerged from a report by the office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, which discovered that McCabe had released information about the the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation to a Wall Street Journal reporter. McCabe allegendly lied about it to the IG’s office.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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