The president and his allies have long proven themselves to be averse to following standards of conduct that you’d think individuals in their position would follow as a rule. In that light, the president has carried on, essentially ever since taking office, with a campaign against American systems of law and order. He’s done so in the face of the Russia investigation, which, under the leadership of Robert Mueller has so far culminated in charges against four of his former associates.
Among those on his side is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a good reason to stick closely with the president, considering the rounds and rounds of speculation about just how long it will be until Trump fires him.
Sessions fired Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe recently, doing so just a short time before he had already been set to retire. Sessions alleged that McCabe had demonstrated a “lack of candor” — aka, he alleged McCabe had lied.
Two Republican Congressmen have now added to the allegations against McCabe, claiming that in addition to supposedly lying to internal investigators, he lied to the now fired Director of the FBI, James Comey.
There’s just one catch to the claims from GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows — a lawyer working for McCabe claims that there is email evidence to the contrary.
The issue surrounds McCabe having directed agents to speak with a certain reporter just before the election, having them clarify that there was no pro-Clinton bias at the agency and all investigations would be pursued equally.
Reps. Jordan and Meadows claim that the FBI concluded that McCabe had lied about his role in sensitive information getting into a newspaper article, not once, but four times, including once to ousted FBI Director James Comey in October 2016.
As a direct counter to that claim, made after Reps. Jordan and Meadows claim their teams were permitted to view an internal FBI report about the matter, McCabe’s attorney Michael R. Bromwich asserted that emails exist that “clearly show that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey that he was working with colleagues at the FBI to correct inaccuracies before the stories were published, and that they remained in contact through the weekend while the interactions with the reporter continued.”
‘We deeply regret being compelled to respond to this selective leaking with any comment at all… Nevertheless, one thing is clear: Mr. McCabe never misled Director Comey…Mr. McCabe’s recollection is clear, unequivocal and supported by documentary evidence.’
It’s not as though Rep. Jordan and his allies could be considered particularly fond of former FBI Director Comey; the president fired him last year in an apparent fit of rage over the Russia scandal.
It’s not as though there has been some kind of surge in Republican support for the president being held accountable for potential obstruction of justice. Instead, Republican leaders continue to take after the president and ramble on and on against the nation’s justice system, even when — as in this case — they might not even have any evidence to back them up.
They’ve done so through such means as clamoring for a second special counsel to investigate the FBI, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently asserted no such individual would be appointed.
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