Andrew McCabe disputes James Comey’s memory, not his credibility

Andrew McCabe disputes James Comey’s memory, not his credibility
Andrew McCabe testifies to a Senate committee in 2017. (Image: Screen grab of PBS video)

[Ed. – Who died and appointed McCabe the arbiter of trustworthiness?] 

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lost his job for lying about authorizing disclosures to the press, including allegedly misleading former FBI Director James Comey. But although McCabe strenuously denies Comey’s version of events, he says he doesn’t doubt his credibility.

McCabe “does not hold a negative view of Mr. Comey’s credibility,” his spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz told the Washington Examiner. Schwartz said she has firsthand knowledge of McCabe’s opinion of Comey and is not assuming his views.

“There is no claim that Director Comey defamed Mr. McCabe,” Schwartz said. “People’s recollections can honestly differ.”

The clashing memories of the men — heroic figures among opponents of President Trump, with Comey releasing a tell-all book Tuesday and McCabe raising nearly $600,000 in a recent fundraiser — played a central role in last week’s Justice Department inspector general report describing a probe leading to McCabe’s firing last month hours before his planned retirement.

There are four instances of “lack of candor” alleged against McCabe by the Justice Department inspector general’s office, which is led by Michael Horowitz, a nominee of President Barack Obama. The alleged lies led to a recommendation from the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility that McCabe be fired. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him on March 16.

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