Even by Trump’s own standards, his decision to have Jeff Sessions fire Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe after 21 years of service — just two days before he was eligible to retire with full pension — raised eyebrows.
Apparently it wasn’t just Democrats who were shocked and angry by the gruel political gamesmanship of McCabe’s termination as Senator Lindsey Graham has called for a full Senate Judiciary hearing on the matter.
During a CNN panel discussion, Graham said, “I think we owe it to the average American to have a hearing in the Judiciary Committee where Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions comes forward with whatever documentation he has about the firing, and give Mr. McCabe the chance to defend himself. I believe when it comes to this issue we need as much transparency as possible to make sure it wasn’t politically motivated,” he added.
Graham also vowed to do everything in his power to protect Robert Mueller, with the understanding that having Sessions fire McCabe reads as a micro-aggression against Mueller. He repeated that he believes Trump’s having Robert Mueller fired would be the “end of his presidency.”
On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy (VT), himself a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Saturday that the panel should hold an oversight hearing on the Trump administration’s attacks on the FBI and Justice Department. Clearly. Graham is not alone in reading McCabe’s termination — and Trump’s celebration of it — as a proverbial shot fired at Robert Mueller.