New Information About Andrew McCabe’s Firing Surfaces
Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe was fired from the bureau last month for committing three violations of the bureau’s ethics code, an investigative source told Fox News on Thursday.
Fox News reported:
The violations initially were uncovered by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and confirmed by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. They included lack of candor under oath, lack of candor when not under oath, and the improper disclosure of non-public information to the media about the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The violations stemmed from McCabe’s response to an October 2016 Wall Street Journal report about sizeable campaign donations from Democrats to McCabe’s wife, Jill, during her campaign for the Virginia State Senate. The investigation found that McCabe instructed FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI public affairs chief Michael Kortan to work with the Journal’s reporter to set the record straight.
The source said Page’s statements to investigators were “critical” because they directly contradicted her boss, McCabe.
According to the source, McCabe’s lack of candor about the contact with the Journal reporter led to his firing. The source added that Page’s testimony about the matter contradicted McCabe’s. Then-FBI Director James Comey claimed he never authorized the leak to the Journal.
McCabe’s lawyer Michael Bromwich maintains McCabe never misled Comey and claims Comey knew McCabe was speaking with the Wall Street Journal, in a statement to Fox News:
“Mr. McCabe’s interaction with the Wall Street Journal – which by FBI rule and practice he was fully authorized to do – was not done in secret: it took place over the course of several days and others knew of it, including Director Comey. Now, after a failure to justify the process by which Mr. McCabe was terminated with 26 hours to his retirement after more than 21 years of service, it appears that members of the House of Representatives are attempting to selectively and unfairly leak pieces of information from a report that is not public. We understand that these members are attempting to create a false narrative that pits former Director Comey against Mr. McCabe. We deeply regret being compelled to respond to this selective leaking with any comment at all. Nevertheless, one thing is clear: Mr. McCabe never misled Director Comey.”
An internal FBI report about former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s firing includes a testimony from his former boss James Comey that shows a “discrepancy” with McCabe’s public statements over his contact with the Wall Street Journal, according to a report by CNN.
According to CNN, Comey held a briefing on October 31st, 2016 and stressed to the bureau how damaging the leaks are to an ongoing investigation. According to the report, Comey recalls McCabe denied authorizing any FBI officials to speak to the Wall Street Journal.
It appears either McCabe or Comey are lying and given their track record of being dirty cops, it’s difficult to determine who isn’t being truthful in this recent report.
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