January 22nd, 2021

On Media

CNN errs in hiring former FBI official Andrew McCabe

Erik Wemple

By Erik Wemple The Washington Post

Published August 26, 2019

 CNN errs in hiring former FBI official Andrew McCabe
In February, the Associated Press reported that Andrew McCabe, the former deputy FBI director, remained under criminal investigation over his statements to FBI and Justice Department officials regarding a leak to the Wall Street Journal about an investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

"We've had dealings with the U.S. attorney's office," said Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe.

An April 2018 report from the Justice Department's inspector general alleged that McCabe "lacked candor" in four instances when he discussed his role in the Wall Street Journal leak with his law enforcement colleagues.

One of them was a discussion with then-FBI Director James Comey. From the report: "We found that, in a conversation with then-Director Comey shortly after the WSJ article was published, McCabe lacked candor when he told Comey, or made statements that led Comey to believe, that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did," reads the inspector general report.

McCabe and his lawyer have challenged these findings, with Bromwich alleging that the inspector general had completed a "deeply flawed assessment of the evidence against Mr. McCabe."

Just weeks ago, McCabe filed suit against Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray over his January 2018 demotion and his subsequent firing.

To sum up: Here is a prominent public figure with "real" credibility issues, deep involvement in the Russia investigation, not to mention a just-getting-started civil action against two top law enforcement officials.

By the way, that civil action carries an allegation that President Trump "purposefully and intentionally caused the unlawful actions of Defendants and other Executive Branch subordinates that led to Plaintiff's demotion and purported termination."

The point: McCabe is a newsmaker, a figure of ongoing interest to reporters and editors across the land. So, how does CNN deal with the situation? By hiring him!

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