Analysis: It’s *very* hard to see the audits of former senior FBI officials as a coincidence
What are the chances that a person will be subjected to this kind of verification? The Times put it at 1 in 30,600.
Which is quite rare! That two senior Justice Department officials, both of whom had run-ins with then-President Donald Trump, were targeted by these audits? It seems very, very, very unlikely that it was just a coincidence.
Especially considering Trump’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the two officials, and the way he has repeatedly demonstrated that he believes all levers of government should be used for his own personal gratification. .
Trump tweeted at the time, “I did the people a great service by firing him. Good instincts!”
“Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hardworking men and women of the FBI – A great day for democracy,” Trump said via Twitter at the time. “The preacher James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like an altar boy. He knew all about the lies and corruption that ran rampant at the highest levels of the FBI!”
Time and time again during his presidency, Trump has demonstrated a glaring lack of understanding of the role the Justice Department should play — and how it should interact with it.
Given all of this, is it a stretch to think that Trump’s hidden hand was behind targeting Comey and McCabe for intensive audits after he fired them both? It’s not.