Acting FBI Chief Contradicts White House, Says FBI Supported Comey

Acting FBI Chief Contradicts White House Says FBI Supported Comey

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Thursday contradicted White House accounts that former Direct James Comey had lost the confidence of those he led.

“I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity,” McCabe said during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey enjoyed “broad support within the FBI and still does to this day,” McCabe said, adding, “The majority, the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep, positive connection to Director Comey.”

On Wednesday, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump “and the rest of the FBI” had lost confidence in Comey. She said “countless” members of the FBI had said as much to the White House.

However, McCabe admitted the FBI’s morale had been dented.

When asked whether morale was impacted by the 2016 election, McCabe said “morale has always been good. But there were folks in our agency who were frustrated with the outcome of the Hillary Clinton case.”

During McCabe’s appearance, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., asked McCabe if he would “commit to informing this committee of any effort by the White House to interfere” in the probe into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“I absolutely do,” McCabe replied.

McCabe was also asked if the Trump White House had sought to impede the probe.

“As you know, senator, the work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions, so there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date,” McCabe said.

“Simply put, sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution,” he added.

The FBI has “the adequate resources” needed to complete the Russia investigation, he said.

“We believe it is adequately resourced. The investigation will move forward … the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely,” he added.

McCabe dodged a question about a statement in Trump’s letter dismissing Comey that said Comey had told the president he was not the subject of an investigation.

“I can’t comment on any conversations the director may have had with the president,” McCabe said.

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