McCabe is made because the rules apply to the FBI seventh floor. He’s mad because it’s okay for him to fire OTHER FBI employees for lying, but he shouldn’t be fired for lying. He’s mad because he is now caught in a perjury trap and in that trap is his mentor, James Comey. The trouble with lying out of hand is you can’t keep them straight and the lies tend to compound into a confusing trap. Also just accept THEY thought doing this was the “higher standard” that also, conveniently, made them richer and more powerful.
Professor Turley point a big one out. Either McCabe is lying OR Comey is lying. And Congress should file charges. More importantly, if Comey is lying about this, he could be lying about a lot of stuff. And as Turley points out, he’s starting a book tour touting his leadership and higher standards.
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.
If this was determined to be a leak with his approval, Comey likely would be labeled not just a leaker but a liar. Worse, his second-in-command just lost his pension after more than 20 years with the bureau, while Comey is about to cash in on a book and publicity tour potentially worth millions.
McCabe is said to be a great agent with a great career. If you look at his actual career you see he went up the counter-intelligence side of the FBI which isn’t really police work. So, maybe more political than cop. That said, he could have been a good cop UNTIL he hit the seventh floor of the FBI and saw that everything there was now political. In a sense, he may be victim to the Obama/Clinton corruption that infected everything it touched.
However, and this is important, he could have said no and stayed out of it. HE chose to be a bad guy and accept the bag of silver- which would have been the director of the FBI in a future Clinton administration. (Strzok texted about his impending advancement too.) That’s on McCabe and any whining about being caught red handed is just immature caterwauling. Like I said, if he fires young agents for lying, then he needs to understand for the FBI to be thought a good agency, then old agents like him should be fired for lying too.