Rep. Jordan: McCabe lied to Comey and investigators 4 times
Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has been claiming since he was fired that he never lied about telling former Director James Comey that he was leaking stories about the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
But the Office of Professional Responsibility, who recommended firing McCabe, believed otherwise. Rep. Jim Jordan said in an interview that the OPR found that McCabe lied at least 4 times in making that claim, justifying his termination and putting him in legal jeapordy.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said in an interview that McCabe lied to Comey when Comey asked him how sensitive information ended up in an October 2016 Wall Street Journal storydetailing internal tension at the FBI and Justice Department over an investigation into matters surrounding the Clinton Foundation. Jordan’s staffers, along with staffers for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, were permitted this week to view a report on McCabe from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Jordan said.
Neither Meadows nor his spokesman responded to requests for comment.
According to Jordan, the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility determined that McCabe lied to his superiors and investigators four times: to Comey in October 2016; to FBI investigators in May 2017; and to the Office of the Inspector General twice, beginning in the summer.
In a statement, McCabe’s attorney said it was fully appropriate for the bureau’s deputy director to authorize media interaction and asserted that Comey knew about it. The attorney, Michael R. Bromwich, said emails between the two men “clearly show that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey that he was working with colleagues at the FBI to correct inaccuracies before the stories were published, and that they remained in contact through the weekend while the interactions with the reporter continued.”
“We deeply regret being compelled to respond to this selective leaking with any comment at all,” Bromwich said, accusing Republicans of “attempting to create a false narrative” that pits Comey and McCabe against each other.
“Nevertheless, 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 continued. “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.”
An attorney for Comey declined to comment.
Note that Mr. Comey is not dashing headlong to McCabe's defense. This raises questions about Mr. Bromwich's claims that there is an email chain that exonerates him.
Paul Mirengoff of Powerline says, "If the report of serial lying by McCabe is accurate then he has bigger problems than his sacking by Jeff Sessions. Criminal charges may well be in his future."
Lying to your boss is bad, but probably not criminal. But lying to the IG investigators and in an interview with FBI agents is a jailing offense. But somehow, I think McCabe is going to skate, regardless of what the OPR conclusions were or even if the IG says he's lying. McCabe's lawyer obviously has something that muddies the waters to the point that it would raise reasonable doubt in the mind of a jury. That, coupled with McCabe's long tenure with the FBI will probably get him off the hook.