Counting down until Trump fires the new acting FBI director.
The acting head of the FBI [Andrew McCabe] said that James Comey, the bureau’s director fired by Donald Trump, enjoyed broad support among its staff – directly contradicting the White House’s assertion that he had lost the confidence of the FBI rank and file.
“I hold director Comey in the highest regard for his considerable abilities and his integrity. It is the greatest honour of my professional life to have worked with him. He enjoyed broad support in the FBI and he still does to this day ... The vast majority of FBI staff enjoyed a deep and positive connection to director Comey.”
McCabe promised to tell the Senate committee if he came under pressure to shut down the investigation into possible links between Trump’s associates and Russia during last year’s election campaign. He said he had met Trump this week but the Russian investigation did not come up in that meeting.
When asked by Senator Marco Rubio whether Comey’s abrupt dismissal would impede the work of the FBI, McCabe was adamant.
“You cannot stop the the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing and upholding the constitution,” he said.
McCabe’s testament to the high esteem Comey was held in within the FBI came a day after the White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “The rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.”
McCabe also contradicted the White House on the scale of the Russia investigation. Huckabee Sanders had said it was “probably one of the smallest things” on the FBI’s plate. McCabe denied that, calling it a “highly significant investigation”.