McCabe: Some FBI Employees “Frustrated” Clinton Wasn’t Charged in Email Scandal
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe admitted in his 2017 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that some FBI employees were “frustrated” and “surprised” that James Comey did not charge Hillary Clinton in the criminal investigation into her private email server.
The claim that some FBI rank-and-file workers lost confidence in Comey following his infamous press conference announcing that no charges would be brought has been in dispute.
Yet in largely unreported testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on December 21, 2017, McCabe confirmed that some FBI personnel were “surprised” and “frustrated” with the result of the Clinton email case as announced by Comey. A transcript of McCabe’s testimony was released three weeks ago by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins, R-Ga.
According to his testimony, McCabe said that while he was unaware of any negative sentiments from the team investigating the email scandal regarding the outcome, he
In his testimony, McCabe said, “..I am aware that the outcome of the case was surprising, and maybe frustrating to many people, including some of the people who work for the FBI.”
“I think, like many people around the country, they were surprised by the result in the case and the fact that we were not recommending pursuing charges,” he said.
“When I say surprise,” he added, “I’m talking about people who heard the Director’s statement on July 5 and were frustrated with that result, not people who were engaged in the investigation or the prosecutors across the street at the Department of Justice.”
McCabe was asked his opinion of Rudy Giuliani’s comments that he had heard from other former bureau agents “there’s a revolution going on” inside the FBI.
“I am not aware of a revolution,” he responded.
“As I said, there was certainly FBI personnel who were surprised and maybe frustrated by that result,” McCabe said. “Director Comey spent a lot of time, in the months following his announcement, you know, in visits to field offices and interactions with retired agents’ groups, and things like that, answering a lot of questions about why we had done what we had done.”
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