Ex-FBI Chief: Intelligence Community Fears Retribution Under Potential Trump Re-Election


CNN analyst and former FBI chief Andrew McCabe stated Wednesday on CNN’s “The Source” that individuals in the intelligence and law enforcement community harbor concerns about potentially being “thrown in jail or grabbed in some sort of extra judicial detention” if former President Donald Trump is re-elected.

McCabe remarked, “When you think about these things and try to predict how Donald Trump is going to react and the steps he’s going to take, you really don’t have to go any further than listening to the things he says and does. His comments recently are offensive and horrendous, but they’re not surprising in any way. He’s been saying this for quite some time. ‘I will be your retribution’ is referring to his supporters. So, you know him, you know what motivates him. He is not a person who’s driven by principle or ideology. He is someone who’s entirely transactional.”

McCabe continued, “It’s terrifying, it’s frightening. I have a lot of conversations with former colleagues, people who are or were in the intelligence and law enforcement community, and may have worked in the Obama administration or other places, and people are really trying to assess what life will be like if Donald Trump wins a second term. On a very personal level, these are torturous discussions with their family members about whether or not they have to leave the country to avoid being unconstitutionally and illegally detained. People are actually worried about being thrown in jail or grabbed in some sort of extra judicial detention. As crazy as this sounds in the United States of America, I think people should really consider that these are possibilities. Listen to what the man says.”

Pam Key
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