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The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, by Andrew G. McCabe (St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, 2019, 274 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

March 18, 2019 (San Diego) - Andrew G. McCabe, former Deputy Director of the FBI, has written an incisive and titillating story of America at the crossroads of history, an America that seems to be under siege by the President himself. To put this book in historical perspective, McCabe states: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s official mission is ‘to protect the American people and support the Constitution of the United States.”’

To read this book, it does not seem as if the mission statement of the FBI is being allowed. The author lays that at the feet of the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

On March 16, 2018, just twenty-six hours before his retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Trump celebrated on Twitter: “Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy.”

The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump’s November 2016 election and McCabe’s firing, set against a page-turning narrative spanning two decades when the FBI’s mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen.

Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.

McCabe gives valuable insight in his book on the current state of affairs in America, as well as the workings of the FBI, as he states in The Threat: “I spent the afternoon and evening with my senior staff trying to assess and control the damage that might be done by the texts between Strzok and Page, and trying to figure out where to reassign Strzok, who had been working for Mueller’s special-counsel investigation, but who for obvious reasons we had to remove from the team. I was angry about the poor judgment that Strzok and Page had shown, and I was saddened to consider the disparagement they would now be subjected to. Strzok was a gifted investigator. Page was a gifted lawyer. I respected and trusted them both.”

A particularly revealing and poignant passage in this well written book by McCabe comes in a face to face meeting between him and President Trump, when McCabe was being interviewed in the President’s office in consideration for the replacement of FBI Director James Comey. This was after Trump had fired Comey.

McCabe states: “The president began to talk about how upset he was that Jim Comey had flown home on his government plane from Los Angeles. He wanted to know how that happened. At this, the president flew off the handle. That’s not right! I don’t approve of that! That’s wrong! He reiterated his point five or seven times.”

In this same meeting with the President, McCabe talks of an exchange between him and the president about his wife. The author states: “Finally, toward the very end of the conversation, he said, How is your wife? I said, She’s fine. He said, When she lost her election, that must have been tough to lose. I replied, I guess it’s tough to tough to lose anything. But she’s rededicated herself to her career and her job and taking care of kids in the emergency room. That’s what she does. He said, Yeah, and there was a tone in his voice that sounded like a sneer. He said, That must’ve been really tough. To lose. To be a loser.”

There is talk and discussion in this book about the invoking of the 25th Amendment for removing President Trump, and Rod Rosenstein offering to wear a “wire” in a clandestine way to record the President. All this sounds like a spy and espionage novel!

Perhaps most revealing and significant about this book is the fact that after FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump, McCabe indicates that he opened a criminal and counterintelligence investigation into if Trump had obstructed justice and if Trump had been acting as an asset for the Russian government. Judge for yourself and listen to McCabe’s interview on the radio show “Free Air” by clicking here.

Dennis Moore has been the Associate Editor of the East County Magazine in San Diego and he is the book review editor of SDWriteway, an online newsletter for writers in San Diego that has partnered with the East County Magazine. He is also the author of a book about Chicago politics. Mr. Moore can be contacted at or you can follow him on Twitter at: @DennisMoore8.


McCabe Knows His Trump

This review from Dennis Moore compels to me to purchase this latest published indictment of the Benedict Arnold occupying the Oval Office. To be removed from a vital organization by a political dilettante intent on crippling our nation would spur any true patriot to sound the alarm and alert us to the behind-the-scene facts of what we're all witnessing with disbelief and wondering why this is allowed to fester. McCabe's book answers those questions and Moore's review highlights those passages that illuminate the claims. I have long been a fan of Dennis Moore's reviews and look forward to his take on my upcoming comedy offering, "This Day in Comedy: The Ethnic Encyclopedia of Laughter". It will be the first comedy encyclopedia ever when it's released in the Fall by TrineDay Publications.

Hey, Dennis!

You neglected to mention NO COLLUSION, NO INDICTMENTS.....Insinuating our President is a National Threat makes you sound just as deluded as last week when you were all certain he was in cahoots with the Russians. At what point do you admit to yourselves that you would rather see our country fail, than see our sitting President succeed? You should all be ashamed, you're blinded by hate.

Reasons why Andrew McCabe considers Trump a threat

Darryl, I look forward to reading your book "This Day in Comedy", but meanwhile this issue with McCabe considering our President a threat to our nation is uppermost on my mind. The attached radio interview of McCabe says it all here.

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror

Dennis, thanks for your review and comments on this book. I have read a few reviews on this book and have seen Mr. McCabe's interviews on a few television shows. He seems believable and factual as it relates to his work experience with the President. It seems as though everyone who has voluntarily left the Whitehouse or who was forced out share the same sentiments as Andrew McCabe about the arrogance, bullying mentally, and ignoring of the law from this President and his administration. With regard to your quote "President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen....." The citizenry of this country can find countless cases to prove this quote correct, all they have to do is a little research. Lets not bury our heads in the sand and pretend that they don't exist. Great review as always.

The Threat

I am very interested in reading this book by Andrew McCabe. I am interested in hearing various sides of the story, and it sounds revealing. There are many things that we may not be aware of, or ever find the truth about. I see what Trump reveals about himself, and he does a pretty good job of showing who he is, I will not comment on what I think of him, it is not relevant. I will say that his true intentions will be exposed one day, and I have a feeling it will be uglier than what we see. Author, actress, radio personality

Americas hate news!

This President has been under fire by everyone and everything since he was elected. It is an all out attempt to discredit and remove him. Are you sleeping or dreaming? This article review by Dennis Moore does nothing to reveal the truths that already exist; but do fan the flames of ill informed discontent. "President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the U.S. Constitution that protects every citizen."? I have been following this administration right along and I can't relate to that quote of his. I do evaluate "what" this President has accomplished to date and I also believe he is a Commander in Chief that does love this country and believe in our Constitution, Bill of Rights and rule of law., So where exactly Mr. Moore, does "his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights and undermine the U.S. Constitution"? There is no doubt that the FBI was in the swamp and McCabe was in the FBI. Figure that one out! God bless President Trump & America!

Jared & Ivanka

New book by Vicky Ward, as seen on the Internet this morning - KUSHNER INC. should be very revealing...

Great book review Dennis - as always

I haven't read THE THREAT yet, but I'm positive it will be quite revealing for those of us who have an open, and analytical mind while searching for the truth. The excerpts from the book Mr. Moore includes here are revealing in the fact that Donald Trump's actions are the same way in public. Rude, abrasive, bullying, arrogant... I believe the book is factual. One can always tell who the Trump loyalists are. Seems no matter what he says or does, they approve. Sad.

The Threat

I've read the book,maybe JD should too. McCabes record in the FBI is impressive, working on the Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb NY subways, and the Bengazi attack and the Clintons. Carole, it's $14.99 on Kindle.

Andrew McCabe

I actually just saw Andrew McCabe on Bill Maher's show. I believe him. As with some of my training, I observe body language, more than analyze words. This is a book I definitely want to read. This review sparked my interest all over again. Since I am currently in Ecuador, I'm hoping the book is available on the Kindle. I love your reviews, Mr. Moore.

Pure Fiction

Andrew McCabe is a proven liar, lacks character and is an embarrassment to this country. His legacy will be nothing more than stain on a once great institution. Anything written by this man should rightfully be filed in the fiction section as, nothing he says can be deemed credible. Justice is coming for Mr. McCabe and friends, just wait until the next special council takes place, just in time for 2020. Love to see you post a review of something besides an anti-Trump hit piece for a change, Dennis. I wont hold my breath waiting.