The current liberal talking point is that President Trump fired FBI Director Comey to try to slow down the ongoing investigation into Russia’s impact on our recent elections. There’s just one big problem with this talking point – it’s not true.
On Thursday, the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified on Capitol Hill and exposed all of the ongoing liberal cries of criminality as lies.
(A short aside for anyone who may wonder if McCabe is simply a Trump lackey doing as he’s told. McCabe is a Hillary Clinton acolyte whose wife ran for Congress in Virginia and was gifted hundreds of thousands of dollars by Terry McAuliffe and the Democrat Party for her run. Many conservatives have been trying to get him fired for months and he’s been at the center of his own political controversies because he’s a known lapdog for the Clinton family. See here, here, here, and here for background. Now, he’s the acting director of the FBI and he will be closely watched by everyone.)
Shortly after Comey was fired the New York Times reported that he had just asked President Trump for more “resources” to put toward the Russia investigation. McCabe explained that this was a complete and utter falsehood… in fact, it doesn’t even make any sense because the FBI gets their “resources” from Congress. Not the President.
SEN. SUSAN COLLINS: Are you aware of that request, that that request was in fact made?
ANDREW McCABE, FBI ACTING DIRECTOR: I can not confirm that request was made. As you know, ma’am, when we need resources we make those requests here. So I am not aware of that request and it is not consistent with my understanding of how we requested additional resources. That said, we don’t typically request resources for an individual case. And as I mentioned I strongly believe the Russia investigation is adequately resourced.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 11, 2017
So the New York Times was just making stuff up… again.
The FBI Director is not part of any of the ongoing investigations at the FBI. He doesn’t do any of the work to investigate, nor does he make the decisions about what happens once the investigation is complete (that job goes to the Justice Department). In fact, Comey was the one man the President could fire that couldn’t impact the Russia investigation at all.
In fact, McCabe even went as far as to tell Congress on Thursday that no effort had ever been made to “impede” the Russia investigation.
SEN. MARCO RUBIO: Without going into the specifics of any individual investigation, I think the American people want to know has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped, or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigations?
ACTING FBI DIRECTOR MCCABE: As you know, Senator, the work 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. 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.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 11, 2017
To add an exclamation point to everything we’ve heard thus far, over on PBS former deputy attorney general George Terwilliger told Judy Woodruff that firing Comey wouldn’t have any impact whatsoever on the FBI’s ongoing work.
I think what we can say with complete confidence is that there’s nothing about removing Mr. Comey from this job that’s going to affect that investigation. In fact, with all due respect to Ben, I think it’s an insult to the career men and women in the FBI and the Justice Department who are conducting that investigation to suggest that it would be so.
That investigation’s going to proceed. It will proceed in a — in a appropriate and deliberate fashion. It will be led by those career folks. And, at the end of the day, it will go wherever it goes.
The truth of the matter in the entire Comey fiasco is that the only mistake made here was that President Trump didn’t fire Comey soon enough. The FBI Director should have been relieved of his duties on Inauguration Day, but he wasn’t. Liberal attempts to paint his firing now as something nefarious has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with politics.