McCabe’s official statement in response to his firing reveals former FBI Director Director James Comey lied under oath before Congress.
On Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe following a recommendation from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
The internal watchdog revealed last Wednesday that McCabe lied to investigators when asked about authorizing leaks to The Wall Street Journal in October 2016 about the Hillary Clinton email and private server investigation.
They also found that McCabe’s “egregious candor” warranted his termination from the bureau.
McCabe released a statement following his firing, claiming he was “singled out” after “unrelenting” attacks by President Donald Trump and critics.
However, one sentence from McCabe’s lengthy statement incriminates Comey for leaking sensitive information and lying under oath to Congress.
McCabe said he had the authority to “share” information with The Wall Street Journal and that “the director” was aware of the leak.
Comey was the FBI director in October 2016, meaning McCabe said he was aware of the leak to the media and authorized it.
“I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor,” McCabe wrote. “As deputy director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.”
During his testimony in May 2017 before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey was if he had “ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation” or if he “ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation.”
Comey said “never” and “no” to the two questions.
Assuming McCabe’s statement is accurate, Comey authorizing and being aware of the leak means he lied under oath.
Lying to Congress is a felony, and Comey should be brought back before the committee and answer whether he committed a crime.
Either McCabe or Comey is lying — so will they both be indicated for making false statements?