Professor Jonathan Turley told CNN that he believes the termination of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe proves or at least suggests that James Comey lied under oath in statements he made to the congressional committee.
McCabe said under examination that the information he leaked to the press was approved to be leaked. There is only one person who could approve such an action and that was the FBI Director James Comey.
Turley, a very liberal professor went on to say that McCabe’s statement means that either he or James Comey lied because Comey told congressional committee members that he did not leak information to the press and that he never authorized anyone else to leak.
One of them has to be lying.
Law & Crime report:
After briefly discussing McCabe’s potential liability for allegedly misleading investigators, the liberal law professor shifted gears and started discussing how Comey fits into all of the drama and intrigue.
Turley noted, “This could easily spin further out of control. There was one line in the case statement last night that I immediately flagged. Because he said that he had authority to do this and he conferred with the director—the director at the time was James Comey.” Turley continued:
Now, the problem there is that James Comey said under oath that he never leaked information and never approved a leak. So, if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey’s previous testimony and could get him into serious trouble.
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 17, 2018
The New York Times reported:
A Justice Department review is expected to criticize the former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, for authorizing the disclosure of information about a continuing investigation to journalists, according to four people familiar with the inquiry.
Such a damning report would give President Trump new ammunition to criticize Mr. McCabe, who is at the center of Mr. Trump’s theory that “deep state” actors inside the F.B.I. have been working to sabotage his presidency. But Mr. McCabe’s disclosures to the news media do not fit neatly into that assumption: They contributed to a negative article about Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration’s Justice Department — not Mr. Trump.
The department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has zeroed in on disclosures to The Wall Street Journal as part of a wide-ranging investigation into, among other things, how the F.B.I. approached the 2016 inquiry into Mrs. Clinton’s handling of classified information. Mr. Horowitz has said he expects to release a report this month or next.
Mr. McCabe, under pressure from the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, stepped down as the deputy director in late January amid concerns over the coming report.
There are so many people contradicting each other that sooner or later, someone is going to roll to either avoid prison or to get a much shorter sentence.
I say just lock them all up.