‘You don’t see other executives heckling and maligning law enforcement the way this president does…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said on Monday that he hopes to use the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.
McCabe was fired on Friday, two days before he was set to retire and receive pensions.
The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended McCabe’s termination to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, citing a “lack of candor” under oath.
Trump tweeted on Friday night: “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 look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”
In an interview on “The View” Monday morning, Booker said Trump’s reaction was a “troublesome episode.”
“You don’t see other executives heckling and maligning law enforcement the way this president does. This is unacceptable in America. It’s not fair game to be doing what he’s doing — undermining our law enforcement,” Booker said. “I want to get to the bottom of this.”
Trump regularly taunted McCabe, accusing him of mishandling investigations.
Shortly after he was fired, McCabe responded that it was part of a larger effort to discredit the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, which the former FBI director has exploited to chase several other rabbit trails not related to the reason for his original appointment.
“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,” he said. “It is part of this administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continues to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”
Booker, who is considered a top potential Democratic candidate for the White House in 2020, agreed and said it was “unpresidential” of Trump to “attack our institutions in a vile and vulgar way.”
“Let the investigation continue,” Booker said. “Especially if you have nothing to be afraid of. If you’re as innocent as you say, let the investigation continue.”
Watch Booker’s appearance on “The View:”