Acting FBI Director Andrew G. McCabe just demolished one of President Trump’s chief arguments for firing his former boss, James Comey.
During Thursday morning testimony in front of Congress, McCabe said, under oath, that Comey had not lost the confidence of agents within the FBI prior to his firing. The revelation is significant, as President Trump cited a lack of confidence from the nation’s top law enforcement agency as a chief reason for dismissing his FBI director. During her address to reporters on Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed that sentiment, saying Comey’s firing was the result of a lack of confidence from within the agency.
“Director [James] Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” McCabe said in response to a question from Senator Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico). “We are a large organization, we are 36,500 people across this country, across this globe. We have a diversity of opinions about many things. But I can confidently tell you that the majority, the vast majority of FBI employees, enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”
Acting FBI Director McCabe: "Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI. And still does to this day." pic.twitter.com/7OE5U5K4QW
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The new claim from McCabe raises questions about Trump’s true intent in firing Comey. It was reported earlier this week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been “working to come up with reasons” to fire Comey for at least a week, prior to his Congressional testimony in which Comey overstated the number of emails that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded to her now-ex-husband’s laptop.
Comey, who was leading the FBI’s investigation of President Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 election, had recently asked for a funding increase for the agency’s work on the Russia probe. His firing came shortly after that request, according to the New York Times.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.