An internal FBI report about former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s firing includes a testimony from his former boss James Comey that shows a “discrepancy” with McCabe’s public statements over his contact with the Wall Street Journal, according to a new report by CNN.
CNN reports: Former FBI Director James Comey told internal investigators at the Justice Department that he could not recall McCabe telling him about having authorized FBI officials to talk to a reporter about an ongoing investigation, the sources said.
Comey’s comments to the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which were later included as part of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility report on McCabe that prompted his firing earlier this month, put him at odds with the statements McCabe has made about authorizing FBI officials to provide information to the Wall Street Journal in an October 2016 story about FBI and Justice Department tensions over an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
McCabe has publicly maintained that he was in a position to authorize the other FBI officials speaking with the reporter and that Comey was aware McCabe had done it. The night McCabe was fired he said in a statement, “It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.” Another internal source told CNN there isn’t a discrepancy between the two FBI officials’ statements, rather they just recall the interaction differently.
The source said both Comey and McCabe were acting in “good faith”. According to CNN, Comey held a briefing on October 31st, 2016 and stressed to the bureau how damaging the leaks are to an ongoing investigation. According to the report, Comey recalls McCabe denied authorizing any FBI officials to speak to the Wall Street Journal.
McCabe’s lawyer Michael Bromwich hit back hard via CNN: “One thing is clear: Mr. McCabe never misled Director Comey,” Bromwich said. “Director Comey’s memory of these interactions was equivocal and speculative, while Mr. McCabe’s recollection is clear, unequivocal and supported by documentary evidence. 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.” As previously reported, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) revealed to Fox News host Laura Ingraham Thursday evening that disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lied repeatedly to the Justice Department.
JORDAN: “McCabe didn’t lie just once, he lied four times. He lied to James Comey. He lied to the Office of Professional Responsibility and he lied twice under oath to the Inspector General. Remember, this is Andrew McCabe, Deputy Director of the FBI. This is Andrew McCabe, the text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page talking about Andy’s office, the meeting where they talk about the insurance policy in case Donald Trump is actually President of the United States… Four times he lied about leaking information to the Wall Street Journal.” It appears either McCabe or Comey are lying and given their track record of being dirty cops, it’s difficult to determine who isn’t being truthful in this recent report.
James Comey is an admitted leaker. In a June Senate testimony, former FBI Director James Comey said he gave contents of memos he penned, stemming from nine conversation with President Trump to a trusted friend to pass on to the New York Times. Four out of seven of the ‘Trump memos’ contain classified information. Comey admitted he leaked the memos to prompt a special counsel. Inspector General Michael Horowitz is set to release his much-anticipated report on the FBI’s mishandling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation soon.