Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Thursday directly contradicted a claim made by the White House this week to justify Tuesday’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CBSN’s “Red & Blue” Tuesday night that fired FBI Director James Comey had “lost the confidence” of the “rank-and-file” FBI employees, “politicized” his role and become a “distraction” in explaining the timing of the former director’s dismissal. Huckabee Sanders also made the same claim on FOX News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight on Tuesday, saying Comey “lost the confidence of the rank and file within the FBI” as well as that of both sides of the political aisle.
“Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, calling it the “greatest privilege” of his professional career to work with Comey.
“I can confidently tell you that the vast majority of employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey,” he added, calling it “not accurate” to say otherwise.
Watch McCabe’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, below:
Acting FBI Director McCabe: "Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI. And still does to this day." pic.twitter.com/7OE5U5K4QW
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Watch Huckabee Sanders’ Tuesday interview with Tucker Carlson, below:
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