Former FBI Director James Comey reacts after bumping something under the table, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Aside from the wailing, gnashing of teeth, and claims of political machinations in the firing of former FBI director Andrew McCabe, the facts are pretty banal.
The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.
McCabe authorized subordinates to speak to the media about an ongoing investigation. He was asked about it several times. He lied several times. There is no conspiracy here. It is a run of the mill case of a guy who really didn’t think the rules applied to him.
Now there is an interesting twist, one that pits Mentor (that would be St. James of Comey) against Protege (Lying Andrew McCabe). This is from McCabe’s self-justification that he issued as he was fired.
This comes courtesy of Jerry Dunleavy who works at Judicial Watch. JW has been on the cutting edge of all things FBI for over a year now.
So I did some digging.
On the left is Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on 5/3/17.
On the right is McCabe’s statement after being fired on 3/16/18.
The discrepancy here ***seems*** to indicate that, at the very least, either Comey or McCabe is lying. pic.twitter.com/KNJ8eNHKBP
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) March 17, 2018
Here are the images from Dunleavy’s tweet.
Now let’s flashback to Comey’s public testimony:
It is hardly difficult to read these two statements and not come away feeling that one or the other of these guys lied.