McCabe: You Cannot Stop 'The FBI From Doing The Right Thing'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 15:47
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that President Trump was moved to fire Director Comey because a swath of people within the federal government had lost confidence in his ability to lead.
"The FBI has been in turmoil", Trump told NBC in his first interview since his abrupt firing on Tuesday of Comey, who was leading an investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Moscow.
At one point during that presser, a reporter asked Huckabee Sanders, "Isn't it true that the President had already chose to fire James Comey, and he asked the Justice Department to put together the rationale for that firing?" That same day, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told Bloomberg News that he no longer had confidence in Mr. Comey.
Donald Trump faces accusations from Democrats that he fired Comey to hinder the FBI investigation into US intelligence agency allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump.
McCabe was making his first public appearance since Comey was sacked less than two days ago. The career Federal Bureau of Investigation staffers Comey put in charge of the probe will likely continue it, even as the search for a new director begins.
Mr Comey is only the second FBI director in the agency's 109-year history to be fired by a sitting president, following Bill Clinton's decision to dismiss FBI chief William Sessions in 1993 over the misuse of FBI funds. "My decision. I was going to fire regardless of recommendation".
I don't know about you, but if I did something like that I'd keep it to myself.
"The question is, 'Why did Trump do it?'" Colbert said.
Burr added that the goal of the meeting was to establish "a way forward" between the Department of Justice and the Intelligence committee, which is also investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, with the support of the White House, brushed aside those calls, saying a new investigation would only "impede the current work being done".
Does Trump's decision to fire Comey meet the legal threshold of obstruction of justice?
Republican Committee chairman Richard Burr asked McCabe whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump the President was not the subject of investigation.
"I actually asked him, yes", Trump said.
McCabe also told Collins he wasn't familiar with any meeting Comey had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to request more resources for the Russian Federation investigation.
Trump's team had repeatedly claimed that Rosenstein's memo precipitated Comey's firing.
The Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to its investigation into Russia's election meddling.
"It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely", McCabe said.
If there's any remaining doubt that his personal legitimacy crisis is driving his insane behavior, Trump is dispelling it by choosing today to sign an executive order establishing a commission to investigate (false) charges of voter fraud, headed by ace voter-suppressor Kris Kobach.
It seems that on May 3, Comey committed his unforgivable sin while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Senate aides have told NPR that Comey met with key members just before he was sacked. "I am not going to comment on anyone in particular because that puts me down a slope, because if I say no to that then I have to answer succeeding questions. This aggressiveness was evident in Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 United States election, and we assess that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the 2016 U.S. election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets".