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Bill O’Reilly says Trump’s battle with Comey and McCabe hinges on DOJ report

Since stepping into the Oval Office in January 2017, President Donald Trump has regularly been at odds with many high ranking FBI employees, like former directors James Comey and Andrew McCabe, the latter of whom was dismissed just last week. But just because Comey and McCabe are out doesn’t mean things will calm down in Washington.

According to former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly, the real battle between President Trump and the ex-FBI directors is still to come — and it won’t come to a head until the Justice Department releases its upcoming report on the bureau’s leadership. 

O’Reilly Takes to Twitter

Alongside countless other political pundits, the former host of Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor took to social media following the recent dismissal of Andrew McCabe to share his take on the situation.

But while the mainstream media has portrayed McCabe as a man of high integrity since his firing, O’Reilly was not looking to take sides in the White-House-versus-McCabe battle.

He tweeted on Saturday:

O’Reilly later added that all of the press coverage will merely “hurt Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller.”

The former face of Fox News also promised to further “break down” the situation between Trump and McCabe on his Monday broadcast of “No Spin News.”

McCabe: Gone for Good

The firing of interim FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe comes amid a longstanding feud between the White House and the FBI. The former FBI director, James Comey, was fired by President Trump in May 2017, and on Friday, just two days before his scheduled retirement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the call to terminate McCabe.

“The F.B.I. expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability,” Sessions said of the dismissal. “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

According to reports on the dismissal, the decision may have come in light of possible Justice Department evidence that McCabe “lack[ed] candor” while speaking to investigators about contacts he had with a Wall Street Journal reporter.

President Trump, who likely played a role in the decision to fire McCabe, later tweeted his approval:

McCabe Blames President Trump

McCabe released a lengthy statement about his dismissal on Saturday, in which he blamed the president for having “amplified and exacerbated it all.”

“For the last year and a half,” McCabe told reporters, “my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country.”

He went on to explain that he felt he was fired for his faulty “attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton.”

According to McCabe, this was a rather tumultuous time for him and the agency, which was being accused of “caving under political pressure.” He said in his statement that he answered questions regarding the investigation “truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me.”

“Singled Out”

But according to McCabe, this incident in isolation misses the big picture. He said in his statement:

I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey.

The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President.

Comey told reporters earlier this year that the president wanted to be publicly exonerated of any wrongdoing regarding collusion with Russia and wanted to halt the investigation into the then-incoming national security adviser. McCabe is thought to be one of the few individuals who may be able to corroborate this testimony, as McCabe reportedly kept notes on his conversations with the president.

But President Trump tweeted on Sunday that this is not the case.

Still, McCabe apparently feels singled out, and doesn’t think his termination was fair. He told reporters:

The [Office of the Inspector General]’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn.

“Titanic Battle”

Meanwhile, some have pointed to inconsistencies between Comey and McCabe’s testimonies. In his recently released statement, McCabe stated he “was one of only a few people who had the authority to” share information with reporters, but this permission would have had to have been granted by Comey, who once testified that he has never been an anonymous source or known someone else to be an anonymous source.

President Trump pointed out these inconsistencies on Twitter on Sunday:


Comey later responded:

In the meantime, the “titanic battle” between the White House and the FBI is trudging on in Washington, and it will continue, according to Bill O’Reilly, at least until the Inspector General’s report is released.

A release date for this report has yet to be announced.