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Acting FBI Director Contradicts Everything White House Has Said About FBI, Is Definitely Also Getting Fired

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Two key premises of White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Wednesday press conference about the firing of FBI Director James Comey were:

  • That Comey had lost the respect of the FBI’s “rank-and-file” agents by mishandling Hillary Clinton’s email case.

and

  • That the FBI’s investigation of connections between Russia and the Trump campaign is a minor matter—“probably one of the smallest things that they’ve got going on their plate.”

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe testified Thursday before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which Comey had been scheduled to appear. Here’s what he said about Comey’s standing with the rank and file:

And here’s what he said about the importance of the Russia investigation:

Expect the White House to point out soon that McCabe’s wife once ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat. Also expect them to fire him!