WASHINGTON ― White House officials have claimed that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey after employees lost faith in his ability to lead the bureau. But that isn’t true, the acting director of the FBI told lawmakers Thursday.
Less than 48 hours into Andrew McCabe’s role as temporary head of the FBI, lawmakers summoned him to represent the bureau in congressional hearing on global threats. Asked by Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) whether FBI employees had, in fact, lost faith in Comey, McCabe was frank.
“No, sir, that is not accurate,” McCabe said. “Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI, and still does to this day.”
McCabe was visibly cautious in his responses throughout the hearing, often evading questions and answering as concisely as possible. But he appeared eager to correct the White House’s claim about Comey’s reputation among FBI employees.
“We are a large organization, we are 36,500 people across this country, across this globe. We have a diversity of opinions about many things,” McCabe said. “But I can confidently tell you that the majority, the vast majority, of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.” Working for Comey, McCabe added, “has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life.” Read full story