The move ends an almost two-year investigation into whether McCabe, as a senior FBI official, lied to investigators about his conversations with journalists. McCabe had long insisted that if he did, it was purely accidental, and noted that in his role he was allowed to speak to the media.
Trump spent much of the investigation glancing at McCabe, a man he said was, along with former FBI director James Comey, at the center of the "deep state" conspiracy " against him.
"Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard-working men and women of the FBI - A great day for democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe an altar boy. He knew all about the lies and corruption that plagued the highest levels of the FBI! "
And he stayed there - month after month, going over the names of his Deep State enemies and demanding legal action against them. here is an example
from last fall after former Trump adviser Roger Stone was convicted for lying about his role in the Russian interference mess:
"So they now sentence Roger Stone for lying and want to imprison him for many years to come. What about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Were they not lying? A double standard like never seen in the history of our country? "
Wherever he went - White House, election campaign, even overseas, Trump would recite his list. (It didn't remind me of anything as much as Arya Stark's List.) It was obvious, he clearly believed, that there were lots of wrongdoings that, when exposed, would show just how much these people (and the institutions they ran) were really rotten.
Except that not that much. Because no one on Trump's list has been criminally charged. Not one.
Of course, the anti-Trump text messages exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two FBI agents involved in the counterintelligence operation in Russia in 2016, were inappropriate. But the Justice Ministry’s inspector general, in a report released late last year, said Strzok did nothing to unduly distort or influence the investigation. And that same IG report also clarified that, although there were errors in the investigation at lower levels of the FBI with respect to FISA warrant applications, it also clarified that these errors were not part of no sort of broader attempt to target Trump or his campaign. And now the news from McCabe.
Compare that with this: The investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election 37 people and entities were charged, seven people pleaded guilty and six people were sentenced to prison. The group includes a series of advisers close to Trump, including his campaign president Paul Manafort, his national security adviser Michael Flynn and his longtime confidant Michael Cohen.
Biiiiig difference, right? (And that's before we even got to the number of Republican senators who admitted that Trump had engaged in a counterpart with Ukraine, but who voted not to dismiss him because they didn't think not that it was an impenetrable offense.)
None of these facts - including DOJ's refusal to prosecute McCabe - will convince Trump or his supporters that they were and are wrong. But make no mistake: the house of cards "Deep State" that Trump built to distract from his own problems is collapsing, with news of McCabe's last Friday structural blow to the ruined building.