The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (California), said on Sunday that he feels the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may be justified.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” Schiff said that while he wants more information about the circumstances around McCabe’s dismissal, just two days before he was set to retire, it may be justified:
“You know, his firing may be justified. There’s no way for us to know at this point, but even though it may have been justified, it can also be tainted. And I think the president’s badgering of the attorney general and his urging that he be fired before his pension could vest, and the fact that McCabe and every other of the James Comey associates … who corroborate James Comey on the issue of potential obstruction of justice, every one of them has been targeted by the administration, by the Republicans and Congress. And is this because they corroborate James Comey? That’s a question we also have to answer.”
Schiff has often criticized President Trump and his Republican colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee for their handling of investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
After news of the firing, Trump who frequently criticized McCabe sent a celebratory tweet:
Democrats and former law enforcement and intelligence officials were quick to criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to fire Andrew McCabe over the weekend, with former CIA Director John Brennan responding to Trump’s tweet: