FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Confirms Trump Pressured Comey For ‘Loyalty’ Before Firing Him
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe told Congress last week that he can corroborate a critical piece of evidence in the Comey memo.
In an attempt to take the heat off of their own unpopularity and Donald Trump’s legal problems, a group of House Republicans led by Rep. Devin Nunes are aggressively trying to discredit the FBI and DOJ by launching an investigation into the Russia probe.
The GOP lawmakers are pushing a debunked conspiracy theory that these agencies tried to help Hillary Clinton, even though they likely cost her the election. They also claim the FBI relied improperly on the Steele dossier to inform their investigation of Russia, even though officials have already said the dossier “played no role” in the intelligence community’s assessment.
But as this wild goose chase continues, damning evidence is emerging that Trump may have engaged in obstruction of justice in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey — in the form of a closed-door congressional “emergency interview” with Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
McCabe told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday that he could vouch for a key claim in the memo that Comey wrote before his dismissal, CNN reported On Friday. Specifically, McCabe indicated he could corroborate Comey’s account of Trump telling him that he “expects loyalty”:
“The testimony suggests McCabe could corroborate Comey’s account, including Trump’s ask that Comey show him loyalty, which the President has strongly disputed. Comey previously testified that he briefed some of his senior colleagues at the FBI about this conversation with Trump.”
Following McCabe’s interview, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, blasted the GOP lawmakers who are trying to waste resources on another partisan Clinton investigation.
“Just like Benghazi, we know the Republican playbook,” Cummings said in a statement, according to CNN. “They admitted that their whole goal with Benghazi was to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers. Here they are trying to undermine confidence in the Special Counsel’s investigation.”
Republicans want to steer the conversation from the Russia investigation by trying to drag Hillary Clinton into the bud. Unfortunately for them, that playbook is worn out.
In response to the GOP stunt, Democrats are laying down some ground rules of their own: Last week, Cummings and fellow Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler flipped the script on Republicans by calling for a simultaneous investigation into anti-Clinton bias at the FBI.