Andrew McCabe: "I Never Intentionally Misled Anyone And Certainly Have Not Committed A Crime"

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CNN host Chris Cuomo grilled former FBI Deputy Director, and now CNN contributor, Andrew McCabe if he lied and committed a crime during his tenure. On Monday, McCabe denied the accusations and claimed there is a conspiracy with Congressmen, other people on Capitol Hill, Department of Justice for "weighing in" and "forcefully leaning" on a pending investigation against him. He called it "incredibly inappropriate" for politicos to be involved in an DOJ investigation, adding it is a "new low."

"Listening to [House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)]'s comments and the other comments we're hearing from other folks on the Hill, kind of very forcefully leaning forward and weighing in on a pending Department of Justice decision is extraordinary, it's incredibly inappropriate. It's not something I've ever seen before in my time working around cases and working as an investigator, working with prosecutors and seeing indictments, it is just a remarkable -- a new low, I think, for us," McCabe lamented.





McCabe denounces I.G. report that found he "lacked candor" when questioned:

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: Former FBI deputy director and CNN contributor Andrew McCabe is here. For the record, you have not been indicted, still true?

ANDREW MCCABE, FMR. FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR, CNN CONTRIBUTOR: As far as I know, Chris.

CUOMO: To hear [House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)] say you will be indicted, is that just a suggestion or could he know something you don't?

MCCABE: I suppose it's possible he knows something I don't. We only know what we know from listening to the same rumors or things that pop up in the media. The office has not responded with any significant information.

Listening to the Congressman's comments and the other comments we're hearing from other folks on the Hill, kind of very forcefully leaning forward and weighing in on a pending Department of Justice decision is extraordinary, it's incredibly inappropriate. It's not something I've ever seen before in my time working around cases and working as an investigator, working with prosecutors and seeing indictments, it is just a remarkable -- a new low, I think, for us.

CUOMO: Well, it's a new age. That's to be sure. And you're in the middle of it.

MCCABE: I am.

CUOMO: Here's your problem. Your problem is that they want to make a case that you consistently or multiple times didn't tell the truth about what had happened between you, people in your charge and the media with respect to the Clinton Foundation. What is your answer to why you gave answers that were wrong, at least misleading by their theory?

MCCABE: To be clear, I absolutely reject the findings and conclusions of the I.G. report that accused me of exhibiting a lack of candor in several instances.

CUOMO: Why?

MCCABE: I never intentionally misled anyone about anything and I certainly have not committed a crime. I was asked questions on two separate occasions about an article that had appeared months.

I was asked questions completely unprompted in the middle of other far more intense and challenging issues that were swirling around me at the time. When I thought after the fact that those answers may have been inaccurate or mistaken, I reached out to those folks to make sure they understood exactly what I meant and exactly what the situation was.


McCabe said he would not make a deal under any circumstances:

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: Will you take a deal in order to go on with the rest of your life if there is no big criminal attachment, you are don't have to do any time or anything like that?

ANDREW MCCABE: Absolutely not under any circumstances

CUOMO: No deal? Absolutely not under any circumstances. I have said to you, I said from the very beginning, I absolutely reject that report because I never intentionally misled anyone about anything and I will not stand up and claim that I've done something that I didn't do. So it won't happen.

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