Andrew McCabe has found an excuse to contradict his former statements about being willing to answer questions under oath about his actions during the FBI‘s Russia investigation.
Until recently, the CNN contributor and former FBI Deputy Director had consistently said he was willing to answer questions. McCabe was scheduled to testify on Tuesday, but is now using COVID as an excuse to skip it.
Three senators, Mike Lee, Thom Tillis, and Ron Johnson, have all tested positive for COVID in the last week. McCabe insists that this is a reason to skip testifying before the Senate, despite the fact that he is able to do it remotely, as former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates both have.
McCabe’s lawyer, Michael R. Bromwich expressed his client’s concerns in a letter, in which he says McCabe believes “fairness” dictates that he not testify at all.
“A fair and appropriate hearing of this kind — which is complex and contentious — simply cannot be conducted other than in person,” Bromwich wrote.
Bromwich says that McCabe is “willing, able, and eager to testify in person” about the FBI’s investigation “when it is safe to do so,” saying that his client is “not willing to put his family’s health at risk to do so.”
It is hard to not see this letter as McCabe’s way of finding an excuse to avoid testifying under oath. Some speculate that McCabe believes Democrats will retake the Senate and White House in November, and if he holds out long enough, they will cancel the hearings.
Recent unearthed information has increased concerns among Republicans that serious misconduct occurred during the FBI’s Russia investigation. According to recent testimony, James Comey, Sally Yates, and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have all said that, knowing what they do now, they would not have signed off on the Carter Page application.
Rosenstein also called for further investigation into misconduct by the FBI, especially in matters related to McCabe, as the former Deputy Attorney General criticized McCabe heavily during his testimony.
McCabe has been appearing on CNN and giving interviews, denying allegations against himself or the FBI, and attacking the Senate hearings.
Legal analyst Jonathan Turley wrote in an article about McCabe’s flip-flopping that the former FBI Deputy Director “has repeatedly used his CNN contract to spin stories that directly impact his legal and professional interests… He will continue to answer questions remotely at CNN of course — a hermetically sealed safe space for Andrew McCabe.”