Hiring good lawyers is expensive. Just ask disgraced and fired former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe. Andy’s friends have gone to bat for him, and have set up a legal defense fund to help him finance whatever is coming his way in the way of prosecution and/or seeking the pension that was denied him when he was fired before he could retire.
“The support for Andrew #McCabe has been overwhelming, humbling & deeply appreciated,” Melissa Schwartz, a spokesperson for McCabe, tweeted Thursday. “Unfortunately, the need for a legal defense fund is a growing reality.”
Schwartz linked to a GoFundMe account sponsored by “Friends of Andrew McCabe” that displays a photo of McCabe and his family. It says it has a goal of $150,000.
The site on Thursday afternoon showed hundreds of people donating between $5 and $1,000 each, totaling almost $60,000.
The man still has friends and admirers even after all of the conspiratorial text message conversations among his cohorts were published. Interesting.
What’s even more interesting is that the people shilling for McCabe are making claims that anyone who follows the news on more than one network knows just isn’t quite true.
But McCabe has defended his actions, and the GoFundMe description says McCabe’s FBI career was “long, distinguished, and unblemished.”
“His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst repeated ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States,” it reads.
Which begs the question, then why, exactly was he fired? Until that question is answered – and it may well be in court – this solicitation for a defense fund seems to be a plea for mercy of sorts. The McCabes are swamp dwellers. They aren’t destitute like those that GoFundMe was meant to help. It looks like Andy is on his own for this after his firing, so the people he was helping aren’t returning the favor and footing the bill for his legal defense.