Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee for about seven and a half house on Tuesday, in which sources said McCabe was a “friendly witness” to the Democrats in the room, reports Red State.
Essentially, McCabe was protected by the Democrats but he didn’t tell them anything they wanted to hear. They wanted him to help them build a case against President Trump for obstruction of justice in the Russia-collusion probe, but he just didn’t give it to them.
“‘Sources close to the investigation say that McCabe was a “friendly witness” to the Democrats in the room, who are said to have pressed the deputy director, without success, to help them build a case against President Trump for obstruction of justice in the Russia-collusion probe. “If he could have, he would have,” said one participant in the questioning,’ reports Fox News.”
Investigators say that McCabe recounted to the panel how hard the FBI worked to verify the contents of the anti-Trump “dossier” and stood by its credibility.
When pressed to actually identify what in the salacious document the bureau had actually corroborated, the sources said that McCabe only cited the fact that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had traveled to Moscow.
Beyond that, investigators said, McCabe could not even say that the bureau had verified the dossier’s allegations about the specific meetings Page supposedly held in Moscow.
According to McCabe’s testimony, nothing in the Trump dossier has been verified except for Page’s trips to Russia.
Then McCabe flat out lies to the committee about his knowledge of who funded the dossier:
“‘The sources said that when asked when he learned that the dossier had been funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, McCabe claimed he could not recall – despite the reported existence of documents with McCabe’s own signature on them establishing his knowledge of the dossier’s financing and provenance,’ reports Fox news.”
This is all very hard to believe when it seems that all official and media Washington was aware of the source of the Trump dossier and the FBI paid around $50,000 to finance opposition research on a presidential candidate.
Keep in mind that Scooter Libby got a federal conviction for saying he remembered hearing about Valerie Plame from one source when prosecutors said he heard about her from another.
The Intelligence Committee also issued more subpoenas today, all indications point to demoted DOJ official Bruce G. Ohr and FBI General Counsel James A. Baker, who accompanied McCabe, along with other lawyers, to Tuesday’s HPSCI session.