Remember former FBI Deputy Director saying last week that he was fired because of President Donald Trump, leaving out that it was by Attorney General Sessions at the recommendation of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility itself? Well, surprise surprise, now Mccabe is conceding that his answers to internal investigators weren’t exactly accurate. But, he should be given a pass, he says because he was just “confused and distracted.”
You mean they ‘lacked candor,’ as the IG reportedly found?
From Biz Pac Review:
“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.”
Yes, that’s exactly what ‘lack of candor’ is.
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.
When he initially responded he said he notified Comey. Comey had previously testified before Congress that he hadn’t authorized anyone to leak. McCabe’s statement created something of a problem for Comey. Comey, of course, had also leaked to his law professor friend to pass his memos about his meetings with Trump onto the New York Times.
And Mcabe’s excuse sounds like the shifty responses of his boss.
Confusion? Distraction? Then you shouldn’t be the Deputy Director of the FBI. And that’s clearly what the IG and the Office of Professional Responsibility thought.
Sounds a lot like Sen. Dianne’s Feinstein’s excuse she unilaterally leaked Senate Judiciary Committee testimony to the media because she had a cold that had “slowed down my mental facilities.”
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).
And he’s not helping himself any for any potential criminal investigation. Because if it was classified, that’s a crime.