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Ex-FBI deputy director 'disappointed' in Comey comments

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 20, 2018 at 9:24 a.m. Updated April 20, 2018 at 4:50 p.m.

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In this June 7, 2017 file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appears before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Capitol Hill in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, is "very upset and disappointed" by comments made by his former boss James Comey that contradict his account of a disclosure to the news media, McCabe's lawyer said Friday.

"Andy has at all times attempted to, and believes he's been successful in, playing it straight with Jim," Michael Bromwich told reporters as he again attacked an internal investigation process that led to McCabe's firing from the FBI last month and a criminal referral to federal prosecutors.

The disagreement involves conflicting recollections about a conversation the two men had after an October 2016 Wall Street Journal story about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe says he told Comey that he had authorized FBI officials to share information with the reporter — specifically, details of a heated phone conversation with a senior Justice Department official — in order to push back against a story he felt was going to be unfair to the bureau and inaccurate.

Comey, however, has said McCabe did not acknowledge having done so and left the impression that he didn't know who had shared the information with the journalist.

The Justice Department's inspector general concluded that McCabe misled officials under oath about authorizing the disclosure. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him last month, and the inspector general's office in recent weeks referred the matter to the U.S. attorney's office in Washington for a possible criminal investigation.

Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general himself, said Friday that the threshold for criminal referrals is very low and that they very rarely end up in prosecutions. He said the investigation that led to McCabe's firing was "deeply flawed," ''unprecedented" in its speed and accelerated so that McCabe could be dismissed before he could retire with full benefits.

Separately Friday, Bromwich announced the creation of a legal defense fund and said he was working with the law firm of Boies Schiller & Flexner to consider possible lawsuits on grounds such as wrongful termination and defamation. President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked McCabe and Comey by name, and those insults have been amplified by the inspector general's findings.

The disagreement and contrasting memories have burst into public view this week as Comey has insisted in television interviews that he stands by his account and that the FBI and Justice Department cannot tolerate lack of candor. He has said he feels conflicted about McCabe's legal problems given that the two men worked closely together.

"I like him very much as a person, but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn't do," Comey said in an interview with CNN on Thursday.

Bromwich also suggested that the disagreement was not personal, though he did note that McCabe feels "very upset and disappointed" by some of Comey's comments.

"Andy McCabe and Jim Comey had an excellent relationship. They worked closely with one another. They relied on each other," Bromwich said. "Andy McCabe looked up to Jim Comey. So we are not for a moment suggesting that Jim Comey is making things up or lying."

But, he added, "Nobody's memory is perfect. People are fallible. And we think on this one that Andy McCabe has a strong and clear recollection and Jim Comey does not."

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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drs01 says... April 20, 2018 at 10:38 a.m.

Comey allowed politics to cloud his judgement and destroyed the image of the FBI. Now he's whoring his book, which I'm convinced he wrote to get back into the good graces with his wife who must be devastated that her girl Hillary lost, like so many women are today.
There ought to be a law which says that anyone working in Washington for the government in an appointed or elected office can't write a book and enrich themselves with stories that are half-truths, or damn lies.

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RBear says... April 20, 2018 at 11:12 a.m.

drs "there ought to be a law ..." based on subjective premises. Yea, right. That'll stand constitutional muster. Regardless, your comment comes right out of an alt-right thread. A LOT of right wing speculation of motive and half-truths. Yet, when anyone speculates about why Trump fired Comey every one of you right wingers point to similar half-baked lies. Trump fired Comey because he wouldn't bend over for Trump.

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Packman says... April 20, 2018 at 3:51 p.m.

Very soon both McCabe and Comey will be under criminal indictment. The deep state is in deep sh*t. Popcorn. I need more popcorn.
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Hey drs01 - Interesting that both McCabe and Comey's wives were rabid Hillary supporters. Spousal privilege being what it is, all knew the wives could do the husband's bidding, and vice versa, without fear of ever having to testify against the other. This is how Comey and McCabe communicated with the Hillary campaign and coordinated the supposed investigation into Hillary's rogue server. The investigation was rigged from the beginning, and now we know how.

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PopMom says... April 20, 2018 at 5:06 p.m.

Packman,

Do any of us care what happens to Comey or McCabe? I don't. I just want Trump out of the White House, and I want a Democratic house. I don't care what happens to any leakers.

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Libertarian says... April 20, 2018 at 5:06 p.m.

Looks like McCabe should have followed the conversation up with an emailed memo. (Like Comey did.) Don't you hate working for organizations where you have to cover your @$$ like that?

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skeptic1 says... April 29, 2018 at 12:17 p.m.

If there is to be any confidence in our criminal justice system both of these men will be prosecuted for violating their leaking of government documents classified and otherwise that are still not legal to expose. Comey is the quintessential definition of a sociopath and a narcissist. With each new interview Comey's credibility and reputation is falling like a stone, how can you tell he is lying...his lips are moving.

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