Texas Sen. Ted Cruz got into a rather heated exchange of words with former FBI Director Andrew McCabe, accusing him of being the person behind information leaks concerning an investigation into the Clinton Foundation to the press behind the back of then-FBI Director James Comey.
Cruz asked McCabe if he had received authorization from Comey to go ahead and leak the information concerning the Clinton Foundation investigation to the press.
McCabe responded by saying, “I didn’t need James Comey’s authorization.”
“I didn’t ask if you needed it. I asked did he authorize you to disclose it. That’s a yes or no question,” Cruz said. McCabe then stated that he was the one who had authorized the disclosure.
Cruz kept pressing McCabe until he admitted that Comey was aware of the passing of the information on to the press.
“Did he authorize you?” Cruz asked. “I didn’t ask Jim Comey,” McCabe said in response.
Ted Cruz getting in fiery exchange with Andrew McCabe about what James Comey knew and did in terms of authorizing the disclosure of the Clinton Foundation investigation to the press. McCabe argues Cruz's characterization of a leak is not accurate pic.twitter.com/7NZ8jfTzkk
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“I’m not asking if you asked,” Cruz said, before pointing to a report in which McCabe insisted he’d told his boss Comey that he’d authorized a disclosure about the Clinton investigation.
“You’re aware your testimony is 180 degrees opposite from Mr. Comey’s sworn testimony to this committee in which he insisted he has never authorized anybody to leak to the press?” Cruz asked.
“Your characterization of a leak is not accurate,” McCabe replied.
McCabe was in a leadership position at the FBI when the bureau opened the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.
“We did not open a case because we intended to stage a coup or overthrow the government,” McCabe had said in his opening statement. “We opened a case to find out how the Russians might be undermining our elections.”
Morgan Phillips, a contributor for Fox News, wrote in the published report, “In 2018, the Justice Department inspector general’s report faulted McCabe for leaking information to then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett for an Oct. 30, 2016, story titled “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.” The story, written just days before the presidential election, focused on the FBI announcing the reopening of the Clinton investigation after finding thousands of her emails on a laptop belonging to former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was then married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.”
“The Journal’s account of the call said a senior Justice Department official expressed displeasure to McCabe that FBI agents were still looking into the Clinton Foundation, and that McCabe had defended the agent’s authority to pursue the issue,” the reported continued.
“The report said McCabe ‘lacked candor’ in a conversation with Comey when he said he had not authorized the disclosure and didn’t know who had done so. The IG also found that he lacked candor when questioned by FBI agents on multiple occasions since that conversation,” Phllips added.
McCabe worked for the FBI for 21 years and served as the acting director starting in May of 2017 after James Comey was booted from office by President Trump.
Folks, we all know there’s a deep state element inside the FBI that worked diligently against the president for the entirety of his first term. Something needs to be done to oust this shadow government and to ensure that those responsible for these scandals are held accountable for their actions.
No president should have to face that kind of horror show from within their own government.