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On March 16,2018, just twenty-six hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hardworking men and women of the FBI-A great day for democracy.”
In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age Of Terror and Trump, Andrew G McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career, and an impassioned defense of the FBI’s agents, and of the institution’s integrity and independence in protecting America and upholding or Constitution.
McCabe started as a street agent in the FBI’s New York field office, serving under director Lois Freech. He became an expert in two kinds of investigations that are critical to American National Security: Russian organized crime-which is inextricably linked to the Russian state-and terrorism. Under director Robert Mueller, McCabe led the investigations of major attacks on American soil, including The Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb the New York subways, and several narrowly averted bombings of aircraft. And under James Comey, McCabe was deeply involved in the controversial investigations of Benghazi attack, the Clinton Foundation’s activities and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump’s November 2016 election and McCabe’s firing, set against a page-turning narrative spanning two decades when the FBI’s mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to The United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignores the law, attack democratic institutions, degraded human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen.
Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.
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In a news-making memoir, former FBI Head McCabe recounts his interactions with a corrupt government-our-own-that uses “the power of public office to undermine legal authority and to denigrate law enforcement.”
Early on the author reproduces his 1995 FBI employment application, which cites an arrest for purchasing alcohol with a fake ID and calls him an average student in law school, if one with “a strong interest in criminal law.”
That much is abundantly clear, as he recounts ho he secured a post with the FBI, “the nemesis of criminals.” It is also clear which side McCabes loyalties lie. After Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey in an “impoverished and slapdash” travesty, he installed McCabe as acting director-and then fired him, too, just shy of his being able to retire with a pension. (A lawsuit is pending). Throughout the book, news-worthy moments come fast and furious: Trump is frenetic and angry. And his style and signaling fuel “a strain of insanity in public dialogue that has been long in development.” He is vindictive, insecure, and corrupt. More than once, he demands to know who McCabe voted for. He governs by tweet and insult: As the author stalwartly notes of tweets directed to him, “it is meaningless to be called a liar by the most prolific liar I have ever encountered. More than news breaking, is McCabe’s matter-of-fact assurance that Russia interfered in The U.S. election in a way that put Trump in office. No matter the degree of collusion on the American side. Trump has consistently side with Russia against the American intelligence community. “He thought that North Korea did not have the capability to launch [intercontinental] missiles.” writes the author. “He said he knew this because Vladimir Putin had told him so.”
Evenhandedly, McCabe assures readers that the threat of the title will not prevail thanks to the rule of law, even if Trump is doing all he can to destroy it. Somber, urgent, necessary reading for anyone paying-attention to what is happening right now before our very eyes. If you have any questions or want to leave a comment, please do below and I will get back with you as soon as I can. Please feel free to check out this book, The Threat by Andrew McCabe
All The Best, Bobbi