Acting FBI Director Contradicts WH Claim That FBI Lost Confidence in James Comey
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe shot down claims on Thursday that his predecessor, James Comey, had suffered a loss of confidence inside the FBI before his firing.
“We’ve heard in the news that claims that Director Comey had lost the confidence of rank and file FBI employees,” Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich noted to McCabe. “You’ve been there for 21 years. In your opinion, is it accurate that the rank and file no longer supported Director Comey?”
The acting FBI director bluntly replied, “No, sir. That is not accurate.”
McCabe continued by singing the praises of the former director: “I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity; and it has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to work with him.”
The acting FBI head then asserted that “Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI, and still does to this day. We are a large organization….We have a diversity of opinions about many things. But I can confidently tell you that the majority — the vast majority of FBI employees — enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”
You can watch McCabe’s remarks above, via CNN.
[image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? firstname.lastname@example.org