(National Sentinel) Busted: An internal report pits former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s word against that of his one-time boss, former FBI Director James Comey.
The report points out that both men have different on-the-record recollections about whether McCabe informed Comey that he had authorized leaks to the media in October 2016 regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation, The Daily Caller reported.
Details of the report surfaced on Thursday noting that the FBI’s disciplinary office said McCabe had lied on four separate occasions, including once to Comey, regarding his role in authorizing the leak of information to The Wall Street Journal.
“Four times he lied. He lied to James Comey. He lied to the Office of Professional Responsibility, and he lied twice under oath to the inspector general,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said after his staff saw the report from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
The report recommended that McCabe be fired from his position before being allowed to retire with full benefits. Attorney General Jeff Sessions acted on the recommendation and dismissed McCabe on March 16.
As reported by CNN, the OPR report said that during an Oct. 31, 2016, staff meeting, McCabe denied to his boss that he had authorized any leak to the WSJ. During the meeting, Comey issued a warning to staff regarding leaks of information about ongoing investigations.
The report also notes that during an interview in May 2017 with FBI investigators, McCabe again said he did not approve any leaks to the paper. He denied again a few months later during an interview with investigators from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General.
According to a source who spoke with CNN, the report says that McCabe contacted the IG’s office in August 2017 to say that he may have allowed an FBI official to talk with reporters at the Journal.
After that, McCabe was interviewed two more times — by the Office of Professional Responsibility in August and the IG’s office on Nov. 29.
McCabe’s claims appear to put him at odds with Comey’s recollection, but the CNN source downplayed them.
“They recall it differently,” the source told CNN. “Andy thinks in good faith he told him, and Comey in good faith says he wasn’t told.”
“The notion that the two guys are pitted against each other is crazy.”
McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said Friday his client never lied to Comey.
“One thing is clear: Mr. McCabe never misled Director Comey. Director Comey’s memory of these interactions was equivocal and speculative, while Mr. McCabe’s recollection is clear, unequivocal and supported by documentary evidence,” Bromwich said in a statement.
“Director Comey has no specific recollection of what Mr. McCabe told him, while Mr. McCabe remembers the two discussed the article before and after its publication.”
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