Related story from last week - in June after counsel refused to relay Trump's order to fire Mueller, a targeted smear campaign against McCabe and others was reportedly devised, due to their ability to corroborate Comey's testimony about Trump's attempts to obstruct justice.
Concerted attacks relying almost entirely on innuendo, rumor and speculation ramped up drastically soon after.
The big, glaring caveat I'd add here - the story is based on what Trump told advisers about conversations with his lawyer, which historically has often not lined up with what they actually said. Past attorneys have mentioned always meeting with him in pairs because of this exact issue.
I feel bad for Andrew McCabe. Seems like a guy who tried to be transparent about the money his wife's campaign received, seems like he is just a casualty of the trump PR machine.
Contrast that against the incomparable integrity of devin nunes's 'recusal'.
Politics is pretty awful right now. My respect for Trump has honestly grown.
I'm 70% burned out by his administration's daily malfeasance. How does he handle it? Guy has more mettle to him than I gave him credit for. Still keeps up the fake hair.
Like a lot of figures getting attacked, in a vacuum I wouldn't care about someone like McCabe. Despite the baselessness of these smears the FBI's had its hands in plenty of loathsome stuff over the decades.
What appalls me more than any specific individual is the all-out assault on anyone or anything that could hold a very clearly corrupt President accountable, and the active participation of major elected officials. Anybody see the flap last week where multiple Congressmen and at least one Senator started floating dark rumors about an FBI "secret society" revealed in Strzok's texts? Then the actual text leaked and it was literally just joking about whether they should even bother to hand out "sexy Putin" calendars they bought as gag gifts for agents investigating Russia's election attacks. But it's too late, they've already shamelessly bounded onward to the next bit of Infowars-style agitprop.
The endgame of Trump's people getting what they want is a brazenly corrupt President surrounded by sycophants who is wholly unaccountable to the rule of law. And that toothpaste isn't going to go back in the tube easily.
All that said, we'll see what the actual circumstances were here. But the whole thing stinks to high hell.