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June 2nd, 2020

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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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Previously:


08/23/19: Speak up, April Ryan. Speak up, CNN
02/06/19: Yearbook scoopster: People are 'uniting in their hatred of Ralph Northam'
01/23/19: If Trump's 'walls are closing in,' they're moving very slowly
01/09/19: Julian Assange fails the smell test
12/10/18: '60 Minutes,' king of accountability for others, operated without it
07/03/18: Fake News crowd bags a biggie: Brian Ross' career at ABC News ends quietly
02/01/18: 'Eighth man' in famed Trump Tower meeting sues MSNBC guest over money-laundering claim
12/11/17: CNN lands huge scoop on Donald Trump Jr. Moments later, it collapses
11/06/17: Everyone's talking about Bill O's TV future, but what about his accusers?
09/05/17: The New York Times still owes Sarah Palin an apology
06/27/17: Major ramifications for a story gone wrong
11/09/16: Election Day, cable news' nadir
11/02/16: Some questions for CNN on Donna Brazile
11/01/16: With question-leaking, CNN has a scandal on its hands
10/21/16: Clintonistas can't handle journalism
04/26/16: Trump giving Megyn three weeks to afford her all the necessary research time needed to pulverize
01/25/16: Lowry: Debate establishment is 'terrified' of Donald Trump
12/29/15: NYT magazine editor: 'It's safe to die at the end of December now'
11/09/15: In epic clash with George Will over book, Bill O' renounces journalism

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