Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Failure of Duty Mccabe's Firing and Failures All Around

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Failure of Duty Mccabe's Firing and Failures All Around

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On Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, on the recommendation of the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, which consists entirely of above-the-fray FBI professionals.

This was not a political act, but it became one. Over the weekend, the president, Democrats on the Hill and many in the media turned it into more government by soap opera and the weighing of evidence and rendering of judgment by Twitter.

How's that been working out for the country, so far?

All three parties forgot, again, to be adults. They chose to emote instead of quietly, soberly doing their duty.

How did Mr. McCabe get into trouble? He was, reportedly, found by the Office of Professional Responsibility to be less than totally candid with the bureau. He failed in his duty.

How has the FBI been compromised? Let us count the ways: The Hillary Clinton email situation. Treating Carter Page as a serious threat. Open hostility to Mr. Trump, in an organization that traditionally has been rigidly neutral. Too much politics and too little operating by the book at top levels - a failure of duty.

How did we get the special counsel? The president fired the head of the FBI based on pique - a failure of prudence, responsibility and, therefore, duty.

And the deputy attorney general, who should have had the Justice Department investigate the Russia matter, or at least formally restricted the special counsel's probe, choked. That was another failure of duty.

How might the special counsel discredit himself? By straying far from the original justification for his investigation - Russian meddling. By investigating past Trump business practices instead. By succumbing to, in former prosecutor and National Review writer Andrew McCarthy's phrase, "a boundless quest to hunt for undiscovered crimes, rather than an investigation and prosecution of known crimes."

Searching for a crime to fit the man you want to prosecute is the very opposite of due process. …

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