There’s more to McCabe and Strzok lawsuits than meets the eye. What are FBI’s disgraced cops up to?

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Lawsuits filed within days of each other by former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe are raising many eyebrows.

McCabe, the former FBI Deputy Director who was fired in 2018 after the inspector general determined he “lacked candor” about leaking to the media, filed a lawsuit just two days after Strzok, the counterintelligence agent in both the Hillary Clinton email and Russia probes.

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While Strzok’s lawyer claimed there is “no connection” between the two lawsuits against the Justice Department and FBI, each claiming wrongful termination in firings that were allegedly politically motivated, others find the timing at least questionable.

“There are definitely similarities but there’s absolutely no connection until today. I didn’t know Andy McCabe was filing this lawsuit,” Strzok’s attorney, Aitan Goelman, told MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow on Thursday.

Strzok, whose anti-Trump text messages led to his removal from Robert Mueller’s investigation team, was fired  as “a result of President Trump’s unrelenting retaliatory campaign of false information, attacks and direct appeals to top officials,” Goelman said in a statement.

McCabe’s lawsuit alleged that the Justice Department engaged in a “politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public firing in March 2018.” He is demanding back pay, his full pension, and for his record to be expunged.

Many are wondering if there is a connection after all with the two lawsuits being filed this week, in light of the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into alleged surveillance abuse as well as Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.

“It’s almost as if McCabe and Strzok were notified of the same news at the same time and are desperately trying to spin their way out of it, knowing they’ll have a compliant media and weeks before the IG report is released to lie to the public about their corruption,” The Federalist’s Sean David tweeted.

President of conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton also questioned the thoughts behind the lawsuits.

Writer Mike Cernovich was grateful to Strzok because now, “all your emails and texts on all phones with your mistress will be revealed!”

Rep. Jim Jordan questioned the timing of the lawsuits as well, as they came on the heels of the release of the FBI’s interview reports with DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who acted as a sort of connector between the agency and anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele.

“I think the big irony here and what drives Americans crazy is the very week we get this information, Bruce Ohr’s 302s, and sort of puts it all together for us, the very week we get that is the same week these people at the upper echelon are suing the American taxpayer to get paid for wrongful termination,” the Ohio Republican told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Others also weighed in on the almost back-to-back lawsuits and whether they are an indication that Strzok and McCabe are nervous.

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