A Class Act

FBI’s Andrew McCabe is fired a little more than 24 hours before he could retire

Pure spite from the Trump Administration. Not surprising but I’m not sure it’s wise to keep pissing off the FBI again and again:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire.

Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department Inspector General and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

He said based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge. McCabe has been fighting vigorously to keep his job, and on Thursday, he spent nearly four hours inside the Justice Department pleading his case.

Trump finalizing opioid plan that includes death penalty for dealers

From Politico:

The Trump administration is finalizing a long-awaited plan that it says will solve the opioid crisis, but it also calls for law enforcement measures — like the death penalty for some drug dealers — that public health advocates and congressional Republicans warn will detract from efforts to reverse the epidemic.

The ambitious plan, which the White House has quietly been circulating among political appointees this month, could be announced as soon as Monday when President Donald Trump visits New Hampshire, a state hard hit by the epidemic. It includes a mix of prevention and treatment measures that advocates have long endorsed, as well as beefed-up enforcement in line with the president’s frequent calls for a harsh crackdown on drug traffickers and dealers.

Trump’s plan to use the death penalty in some cases found at least one fan among congressional Republicans: Rep. Chris Collins of New York, one of the president’s most consistent cheerleaders. “I’m all in on the capital punishment side for those offenses that would warrant that,” he said when asked about the plans Thursday afternoon. “Including drug cases. Yep.”

Friday Cat Blogging

Ok, so it’s not Friday but if facts don’t matter to the President, then what does it matter?

Lola is doing well. We’ve had her now for about 6 months. She’s gone from a tiny little 2lb kitten to a 9lb explorer who won’t let me practice the cello because the bow is too damn tempting for her not to attack.

Trump is a Proud Liar

Trump is a proud ignoramus who just says whatever it is he feels like saying at that particular moment no matter how far it is from the truth. This is just one of the few moments where he actually has admitted to it. What a shameful excuse of a human being:

The president’s tweet came after a Washington Post report Wednesday night that Trump said in a fundraising speech that he made up facts about U.S. trade with Canada during a meeting with Trudeau.

In recounting the conversation with the Canadian premier, Trump said that he pushed back on Trudeau’s claim that the U.S. did not run a trade deficit with Canada.

“I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know. … I had no idea,” Trump reportedly said.

According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada. Data by Statistics Canada, however, shows that Canada has a trade surplus with the U.S.