Kirsters Baish| Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe is pretty angry that he was fired from his position just a day before he was due to collect a full lifetime pension. Every since Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe, McCabe has been trying to get back at both the FBI and the Department of Justice.
McCabe released a statement following his firing which explained, “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.”
McCabe spoke to a Wall Street Journal reporter improperly to try to get the reporter “off this narrative” that he “had tried to slow down or “stop our investigative efforts on the Clinton Foundation case.”
This means that McCabe is able to speak to reporters so that he can change the political lean to any story, but for former FBI agent Fred Humphries this is untrue.
Most Americans have never even heard of Fred Humphries. In 2017 the 21 year FBI veteran complained to the Tampa Times that there was a double standard in the way Michael Flynn and David Petraeus had been handled by the FBI.
So, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that McCabe is the one who ordered an investigation into Humphries. This investigation ended up in Humphries’s 60 day suspension and then resignation.
Humphries’s involvement in the Petraeus case goes deep. The Tampa Times reported that Humphries came into the public’s eye in 2012. This was“after family friend Jill Kelley reached out to him about a troubling e-mail received by then-Marine Gen. John Allen, one of her military friends. It ‘disparaged Kelley and made reference to an upcoming dinner they were having with several senior foreign intelligence, defense and diplomatic officials,’ according to court documents later filed.”
Conservative Tribune reported:
Kelley was concerned about a possible breach of security, considering that Gen. Allen had recently taken over for Gen. David Petraeus in Afghanistan after Petraeus became President Barack Obama’s CIA director. After turning it over to his FBI office’s cyber crimes investigator in June of 2012, he noticed that the investigation was being delayed.
You may perhaps know what happened next, but TL;DR version for those who don’t: The investigation eventually revealed Petraeus was having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and had also passed confidential information to her. That led to his political downfall.
However, Humphries’ problems were just beginning. Humphries had contacted his old supervisor about his concerns that the affair was being hushed up because, in the supervisor’s words, “hey, nobody wants to stir anything up before the election.”
The supervisor, concerned Petraeus could be blackmailed, contacted a congressman who contacted then-House Whip Eric Cantor, a GOP representative from Virginia. He contacted the FBI, wondering why there was a cover-up. On the same day, Humphries’ supervisors lambasted him for talking about the case outside of the Bureau. Cantor went as far as to advise Humphries to get a lawyer. In 2016, Humphries received two weeks of unpaid leave for the incident.
By 2017, Humphries was fed up with how the FBI’s top brass was handling the Michael Flynn case as opposed to how they handled the Petraeus case. The agent went to the Tampa Times and said that the difference between the cases was “the ultimate hypocrisy and double standard,” considering that the DOJ was willing to go to the Trump White House over concerns that Flynn could be blackmailed for his ties to Russia, yet Obama’s DOJ during the Petraeus scandal claimed they had done nothing to inform the president that Petraeus could be blackmailed.
Humphries explained to the Times, “You are telling me that acting Attorney General Sally Yates was comfortable going to the White House to inform them of an investigation of Gen. Flynn, but yet the attorney general and FBI director at the time said they never would have discussed such a thing during the Petraeus scandal?”
It’s pretty ironic that McCabe was fired for the same thing he did to someone else. I guess what goes around comes around.