Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe insisted Sunday that he has been “speaking truth to power” with his book about the Trump administration, prompting a round of eye-rolling from Republicans.
Mr. McCabe made his comments after being asked about the latest round of insults leveled by President Trump, who recently described the former federal official as a “poor man’s J.Edgar Hoover.”
“It’s unfortunate that this is getting a little bit routine. But I will say that I don’t think there’s anything sad or unfortunate about speaking truth to power and telling the story that you lived and the things you saw and heard and the reasons behind the decisions you made,” Mr. McCabe told ABC’s “This Week.”
Republicans were quick to point out that Mr. McCabe was fired last year for lack of candor and remains under federal investigation over whether he lied under oath about his role in unauthorized media leaks.
“I don’t even know what that means,” former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe says in response to Trump calling him “a poor man’s J. Edgar Hoover.”— ABC News (@ABC) February 24, 2019
“It’s not the first time that I’ve had to listen to the president say bizarre and untrue things about me.” https://t.co/t97ewNaqpZpic.twitter.com/EhDuM37NVm
Andy McCabe just defended his book tour as “speaking truth to power.”— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) February 24, 2019
-McCabe lied to James Comey
-He lied to the Inspector General
-He lied to FBI investigators
McCabe has a funny definition of “speaking truth.”
An Obama appointee recommended that disgraced former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe be fired.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 24, 2019
McCabe lied to investigators on 4 occasions, including 3 times under oath.
Everyone knows he’s a liar and a leaker.
“McCabe lied to investigators on 4 occasions, including 3 times under oath,” tweeted Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “Everyone knows he’s a liar and a leaker.”
Added Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican: “McCabe has a funny definition of ‘speaking truth.’”
Mr. McCabe has denied that he lied to investigators, saying that he permitted his subordinates to speak to reporters to correct what he described as a false narrative about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
He has made multiple media appearances this month to promote his book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.”
Asked about the “poor man’s J. Edgar Hoover” crack, Mr. McCabe replied, “I don’t even know what that means.”
“You know, it’s not the first time that I’ve had to listen to the president say bizarre and untrue things about me,” he added.
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