Our associate solitary reporters here at AP are always on the ground following whatever Donald Trump and his lackeys and henchmen — of whom he has a multitude -- are doing.
When he ran his always intemperate campaign in 2016, Trump said he would “drain the swamp” in Washington.
Then, after whatever happened on January 20, 2017, he promptly embraced conspiracy theories, such as the “Deep State” conspiracy theory, under which civil servants and presidential appointees would, in the Trumpistic view — often communicated to his base at his mega-rallies -- where he would stoke the flames of hate, and yell about the “Deep State” within the executive branch — in other words, everybody he didn’t trust was out to get him.
One of the men he attacked endlessly was Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI; and when Trump precipitately fired James Comey for lack of loyalty, McCabe was Acting FBI Director for a few months.
Then Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe, moments before he was scheduled to retire, and that was the end of McCabe’s long-deserved pension.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that anybody who annoys or criticizes Trump fears being dumped into quicksand — in Trump’s Swamp — if they don’t suck up to him 24/7.
Then Trump sent Sessions back to Alabama, and his next Attorney General, William Barr, got the job because of his well-known and inappropriate views on the wide range of executive power, and Barr has acted more like Trump’s personal attorney than as the chief law enforcement officer of these here United States, as we have said here many times.
And let’s not forget what Trump’s Impeachment Attorney-in-Chief, Alan Dershowitz, said, about the scope of presidential power — namely, Trump can do anything he wants without fear of being removed from office.
We already reported on Barr’s kowtowing to Trump on the sweetheart deal for Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime confidant (https://www.apocryphalpress.com/2020/02/13/why-all-ninety-three-united-states-attorneys-across-the-us-have-resigned-in-protest).
But now, Barr says Trump shouldn’t repeatedly tweet about what Barr is doing.
So it caught us by surprise when the Barr-Trump Justice Department decided not to prosecute McCabe, who felt personally threatened by Trump during the good old Mueller days (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_McCabe); see https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/14/politics/andrew-mccabe-justice-department-investigation/index.html.
And when Trump found out about McCabe being non-prosecuted, he erupted in fury, as reported this evening by CNN’s Evan Perez.
McCabe has already sued Trump et al. for wrongful discharge based on politics.
Look for a swift victory by McCabe.