Following his termination late Friday night, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe declared that he was “singled out” after “unrelenting” attacks by President Trump and critics. McCabe’s objections are less than credible, given the virtually unprecedented recommendation of career officials to fire the one-time acting FBI director.
However, McCabe may have rectified his “singled out” status with his long statement criticizing his termination: In the middle of it is a line that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.
McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family’s charitable foundation. McCabe asserts in his post-firing statement that he not only had authority to “share” that information to the media but did so with the knowledge of “the director.” The FBI director at the time was Comey.
“I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor,” McCabe stated. “As deputy director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.”
If the “interaction” means leaking the information, then McCabe’s statement would seem to directly contradict statements Comey made in a May 2017 congressional hearing. Asked if he had “ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation” or whether he had “ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation,” Comey replied “never” and “no.”
The Justice Department’s inspector general clearly saw this “interaction” as problematic in seeking answers from McCabe. If the inspector general considered this to be a leak to the media, any approval by Comey would be highly significant. Comey already faces serious questions over his use of a Columbia University Law School professor to leak information to the media following his own termination as director.
In leaving the FBI last year, Comey improperly removed memos about the Russian investigation that he wrote concerning meetings with Trump. Since these memos discussed an ongoing FBI investigation and were written on an FBI computer, the bureau reportedly confirmed they were viewed as official documents subject to review and approval prior to any removal or disclosure.
Comey could have given the memos to the congressional oversight committees. Instead, he removed at least seven memos and gave at least four to his professor-friend to leak to the media. Four of the seven memos that Comey removed are now believed to be classified. Since he reportedly gave four memos to his friend to leak to the media, at least one of the leaked memos was likely classified.
Now, McCabe appears to be suggesting that Comey was consulted before the alleged leak to the media on the Clinton investigation. Many of us had speculated that it seemed unlikely McCabe would take such a step without consulting with Comey. Yet, Comey repeatedly stated that he had never leaked nor caused anyone to leak information to the media.
The timing for Comey could not be worse. He already has started selling tickets, for roughly $100 each, to attend the tour for his forthcoming book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” If he gave McCabe the green light for his “interaction,” the title could prove embarrassingly ironic.
Not real smart, but then again he wanted Hillary to win, so pretty much says it all.
Mccabe was involved with a group that is trying to overthrow a sitting President. Sedition at the very least, treason at the most. He won’t need his retirement, he is going to prison.
McCabe’s firing was Trump flailing around in frustration because there’s no way in hell he can stop Mueller.
@Greg: Maybe, we are not yet in Hell. Maybe the good guys will step forward and do what is right instead of covering up for the Clintons and Obama. When enough information connects Mueller who was Comey’s buddy and selection for the Independent investigation of Russian collusion, Mueller’s collusion with will come out. Mueller’s history or performance as an investigator is rift with inconsistencies with justice. I believe we are now in the phase where all the rats are running for the exit and singing is likely the only way to escape alive and with their pension.
The left will NEVER be satisfied. The one and only reason they believe Trump colluded with the Russians to overthrown the rightful heir to the throne is because they WANT to believe it; the truth if far too painful for the sensitive little pussy-hat wearing sky-screamers.
Trump didn’t fire McCabe… or are facts too painful to accept? (see above)
These are the risks one runs when one agrees to be a pawn of the Clinton’s.
@Deplorable Me, #5:
Of course Trump was behind McCabe’s firing. It doesn’t matter that the announcement was made by one of his errand boys. The timing—a bit over a day short of the point when McCabe could have retired—is 100 percent Trump. People in the Trump administration either sell their souls to the devil, or come up for the same treatment. It’s part of his “management style.” The man is toxic.
And your proof is……..?
of course emails sent to Hillary from a top staffer Cheryl Mills saying QUOTE “With fingers crossed, the old rabbit’s foot out of the box in the attic, I will be sacrificing a chicken in the backyard to Moloch” a Demon god OF HUMAN SACRIFICE, well again we have the proof and paper trail of who is into dark occultism.
Why is it you always accuse others of what your side is doing.
Thank you Seth Rich.
Yesterday the FBI was an honest beyond reproach institution today the arm of the beyond reproach uncontaminated FBI makes a suggestion that this dirty cop get fired and not recieve pension, and they become Trump groupies. Never mind they have him on tape lying, chucking his boss under the bus saying But he said I could leak info to the press, a guy who according to Greg is also beyond reproach testified he never did such a bad thing.
Man I need a dance card, who is the dirty cop? Comey or Mc Cabe.