A central part of the Democrats’ narrative on FBI Director James Comey’s firing has been that Trump possibly terminated him in order to obstruct the bureau’s investigation into the ties between Russia and his campaign.
Per the New York Times:
“Days before he was fired as F.B.I. director, James B. Comey asked the Justice Department for more prosecutors and other personnel to accelerate the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the presidential election.”
According to CNN:
“There are two reasons why President Donald Trump fired James Comey, according to a source close to the now-former FBI director:
- Comey never provided the President with any assurance of personal loyalty.
- The fact that the FBI’s investigation into possible Trump team collusion with Russia in the 2016 election was accelerating.”
There’s still uncertainty over exactly why Trump fired Comey. (It looks increasingly like Trump was simply growing annoyed with his leadership which, while jarring, is hardly a crisis.)
While there’s still some uncertainty as to why Trump fired Comey, Democrats and the mainstream media, believe the motive was clear: Trump is trying to obstruct the FBI’s investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.
But…according to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, everyone needs to calm down.
***It is worth noting here that McCabe is a “respected bureau man” who has had a long career within the FBI. He was appointed by Comey to his current position in 2016, and has ties to Democrats and Clinton, not Trump.***
In an exchange with Senator Susan Collins, McCabe pointed out that nearly all of the agents who were working the case are still in their positions, and that Comey’s termination does not “curtail” their work:
SENATOR COLLINS: “Is the agent who is in charge of this very important investigation into Russian attempts to influence our election last fall still in charge?”
MCCABE: “We have many agents involved in the investigation at many levels, so I am not sure who…”
SENATOR COLLINS: “The lead agent overseeing the investigation.”
MCCABE: “Certainly. Almost all of the agents involved in the investigation are still in their positions.”
SENATOR COLLINS: “Has there been any curtailment of the FBI’s activities in this important investigation since Director Comey was fired?”
ANDREW MCCABE: “Ma’am, we do not curtail our activities…”
He denied that, despite Comey’s firing, anyone was trying to “impede” their investigation:
ANDREW MCCABE: “As you know, Senator, the work of the FBI continues despite changes in circumstance. Despite changes, there has been no effort to impede investigations.”
McCabe also addressed (and shut down) the speculation that the Russia investigation was understaffed or lacking adequate resources to do its work:
SENATOR HEINRICH: “Do you feel like you have the adequate resources for the existing investigations that the bureau is invested in right now to follow them wherever they may lead?”
ANDREW MCCABE: “Sir, if you are referring to the Russian investigation, I do. I believe we have the adequate resources to do it and I know that we have resourced that investigation adequately.”
And there you have it from the acting FBI Director himself, folks. The Russia investigation is still ongoing, and it is not short on resources. There are many agents working the case, and no one – I repeat, no one – is trying to impede their work.
Now, can you liberals do as the man suggests and calm down?