[Rushtalk] NBC News star Andrea Mitchell inspired Democrats to offer Andrew McCabe a new gig

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Sun Apr 8 13:58:54 MDT 2018

NBC News star Andrea Mitchell inspired Democrats to offer Andrew McCabe
a new gig

By Brian Flood | Fox News 
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NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell inspired Democratic lawmakers with a tweet
regarding Andrew McCabe’s pension.
NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell inspired Democratic lawmakers with a tweet
regarding Andrew McCabe’s pension. 

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell isn’t only the network’s chief foreign affairs
correspondent, she also serves as a volunteer guidance counselor to
lawmakers and civil servants.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions famously fired FBI official Andrew
McCabe just two days shy of his retirement. He would have been eligible
for a lifetime pension, now those benefits could now be in jeopardy. But
not if Mitchell can help him. 

Sessions said McCabe "lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple
occasions,” but that didn’t stop the NBC News star from helping
Democrats come up with a plan.   

“One suggestion from a McCabe supporter: if a friendly member of
Congress hired him for a week he could possibly qualify for pension
benefits by extending his service the extra days,” Mitchell tweeted.

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers have taken Mitchell‘s advice
and offered temporary jobs to McCabe. Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan even
thanked Mitchell live on MSNBC Monday afternoon.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the former FBI deputy director
hours before his retirement.
“Well, it’s your tweet, Andrea. It was your tweet that started all
this,” Pocan said. “I just want you to know. We saw your tweet over the
weekend and that’s what gave us the idea. So, thank you.”

A source close to McCabe told Fox News that the former FBI deputy
director is “looking at all options,” but it’s not clear if he will be
able to keep his pension.

While it may appear strange that an NBC News correspondent would offer
career advice, Mitchell’s close relationship with Hillary Clinton could
indicate her motive. Sessions said the DOJ’s inspector general
determined McCabe was not truthful during his review of the Clinton
email investigation and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility
recommended his firing.

Mitchell, who is married to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan
Greenspan, and Clinton are known to be close friends who have publicly
praised each other. Mitchell said that Clinton “proved her commander in
chief bona fides in terms of being tough as a gender issue” during the
pregame show for an NBC News town hall event in 2016. Media Research
Center managing editor Curtis Houck said at the time that Mitchell
“gushed” over Clinton “under the guise of objective journalism.”

"I love you, Andrea. You are indefatigable. You’re my kind of woman,”
Clinton said while pointing at Mitchell during a 2016 press conference
on the campaign trail.

Mitchell has also complimented Clinton’s stamina, downplayed former
interim Democratic National Committee chair and CNN political analyst
Donna Brazile leaking town hall questions to the Clinton camp,
proclaimed an investigation into Clinton’s private email server was "the
worst possible situation" for America and appeared to have been fed a
softball question by Clinton’s spokesperson.

President Trump has referred to Mitchell as “Hillary Clinton's P.R.
person,” and White House social media director Dan Scavino once said she
is a Democratic "PR person."

NBC News did not respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at


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