Fired deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, an Obama holdover, admitted that some of his answers to investigators “were not fully accurate,” and blamed it on his being “confused and distracted.”
“Some of my answers were not fully accurate,” McCabe confessed in a Washington Post op-ed. “At worst, I was not clear in my responses, and because of what was going on around me, may well have been confused and distracted — and for that I take full responsibility. But that is not a lack of candor.”
McCabe was recently fired by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who oversees the FBI) on the recommendation of Obama-appointed Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Investigators concluded that McCabe lied to the FBI regarding his 2016 decision to leak intel to the Wall Street Journal about the Hillary Clinton email probe.
Lying to the FBI — especially if you’re its deputy director — is a serious matter. You can be jailed for 5 years for lying to the FBI, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1001. So basically, McCabe is now conceding that he was not 100% truthful, but claimed, “I did not knowingly mislead or lie to investigators.”
McCabe, an attorney, claimed his misleading statements did not amount to lying, even though the FBI’s own Office of Professional Responsibility determined otherwise. McCabe explained:
“I have been accused of “lack of candor.” That is not true. I did not knowingly mislead or lie to investigators. When asked about contacts with a reporter that were fully within my power to authorize as deputy director, and amid the chaos that surrounded me, I answered questions as completely and accurately as I could. And when I realized that some of my answers were not fully accurate or may have been misunderstood, I took the initiative to correct them.
At worst, I was not clear in my responses, and because of what was going on around me may well have been confused and distracted — and for that I take full responsibility. But that is not a lack of candor.”
In leaking intel to the media, McCabe followed in the footsteps of his former boss, fired Obama-appointed FBI director James Comey, who admitted he had a friend leak info to the New York Times.
McCabe’s excuse that he was “confused and distracted” when he misled investigators is reminiscent of the “dog-ate-my-homework” excuse made by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in January 2018. Feinstein, 84, said she unilaterally leaked Senate Judiciary Committee testimony to the media because she had a cold that had “slowed down my mental facilities.”
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Former CIA director James Woolsey (a Democrat appointed by Bill Clinton) told Fox News that when the feds do an internal investigation into misconduct like they did with McCabe, you are obligated to be completely honest.
“That’s part of being an FBI agent: You have to respond to your boss’ questions, even if they are questions about nuances,” Woolsey said (video above).
As for leaking classified intel to the media (which Obama appointees James Comey, James Clapper, and Andrew McCabe are accused of doing) — that’s a crime that endangers national security and is a total betrayal of the American people.