(National Sentinel) Law and Disorder: Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley suggested Saturday that former FBI Director James Comey may have lied in sworn testimony to Congress based on something that recently-fired FBI Dep. Director Andrew McCabe said in a post-firing statement.
In an interview with CNN, Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, signaled that McCabe’s firing may mean trouble ahead for Comey.
After briefly discussing McCabe’s potential liability for misleading investigators looking into the handling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation by the FBI and Justice Department — the reason why McCabe was fired — Turley started talking about how Comey may fit in the equation.
“This could easily spin further out of control. There was one line in the case statement last night that I immediately flagged. Because he said that he had authority to do this and he conferred with the director—the director at the time was James Comey,” the Democrat-supporting law professor said.
“Now, the problem there is that James Comey said under oath that he never leaked information and never approved a leak,” he continued.
“So, if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey’s previous testimony and could get him into serious trouble.”
In his departing statement, McCabe acknowledged the media leak and even implicated Comey:
The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. 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.
Turley said McCabe’s statement is likely to trigger new inquiries from the media and, perhaps, Congress, “as to who actually knew about this and was this a leak to the media?”
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