Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI Director has just confirmed what anonymous sources within the FBI have been saying for months: that Hillary Clinton should have been charged! Although McCabe was happy to defend former Director Comey’s record, he said that many in the FBI were actually angry that he had decided not to push for prosecution.
Leaks have been coming out of the FBI since late last year that suggest the only person working on the investigation that did not want charges brought against Clinton was Comey. And that his alleged collusion with the DNC Machine (specifically John Podesta and AG Loretta Lynch) had influenced his decision on this.
When the actual FBI agents can’t trust in their Director’s decisions, the whole Justice system suffers. People with power become untouchable, and this is how the Washington Swamp was built.
Since James Comey was fired, there have been rumblings of discontent among the Democrats (and even some Republicans). There are fairy tales being spread around that it is not within the President’s power to fire a Director (despite even James Comey saying that it is within the President’s power), but these are all just a smoke screen to once again undermine the President’s position.
And it is worth remembering, that many of those who are complaining now had close ties with Comey. If he were keeping them from prosecution, they must be getting very worried that his influence is now gone.
New Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe acknowledged for the first time in public testimony Thursday that some agents were angry with the 2016 decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton – while also defending ousted Director James Comey’s overall standing at the bureau.
“I think morale’s always been good, but there were folks within our agency that were frustrated with the outcome of the Hillary Clinton case and some of those folks were very vocal about those concerns,” McCabe testified.
McCabe stepped into the role of acting director Wednesday after Trump dismissed Comey, purportedly over his conduct during the 2016 probe into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. Comey announced at a press conference last July that, despite concluding Clinton had been “extremely careless” in the handling of classified material, he would not recommend prosecution.
McCabe’s comments at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing mark the first public recognition from the FBI that some agents were angry at the decision not to prosecute.
While he noted the anger over that decision, he also pushed back on White House claims that Comey had lost confidence from rank-and-file staff in the agency.
“I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” he testified, adding that many staff held a “deep, positive connection” with him.
Democrats and some Republicans have expressed concern at the timing of Comey’s firing, with some questioning whether it was related to the FBI probe into alleged ties between Russian officials and Trump associates during the presidential campaign.
H/T: USA Politics Today