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Cornyn: Hearing on McCabe firing would be 'appropriate'

Cornyn: Hearing on McCabe firing would be 'appropriate'
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump's NASA nominee advances after floor drama Senate GOP wary of new tax cut sequel Amid struggle for votes, GOP plows ahead with Cabinet picks MORE (R-Texas) said on Monday that he supports holding a hearing on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGOP lawmakers demand Sessions investigate Clinton, Comey Pavlich: When will McCabe face prosecution for lying? Anderson Cooper confronts GOP lawmaker: You haven't heard the president lie? MORE's firing and wants to see the Justice Department's watchdog report that led to the ouster.

"I think a hearing would be appropriate so we could see what the Office of Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility recommended," Cornyn, the No. 2 GOP senator, told reporters.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWu-Tang Clan jokingly enlists Comey to track down mystery album GOP lawmakers demand Sessions investigate Clinton, Comey Holder: 'Our democracy is under attack' MORE fired McCabe on Friday, just days before McCabe was set to retire, saying the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of Inspector General determined that he had leaked to the media and "lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions."

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McCabe has long been a target of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems add five candidates to ‘Red to Blue’ program White House notifies Russia that no new sanctions are coming: report Senators push HHS to negotiate lower prices on opioid overdose reversal drug MORE's, who, along with key Republicans on Capitol Hill, praised his firing.

Cornyn, who noted that the Justice Department and FBI watchdogs had been appointed by former President Obama, added that a hearing looking into the firing could be done under Congress's "oversight responsibilities."

"I think the FBI had some serious credibility issues. I think Mr. McCabe might have contributed to those. ... I'm happy to have a hearing," he said.

Cornyn is a member of both the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, which both have jurisdiction over the FBI.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate panel moving ahead with Mueller bill despite McConnell opposition Overnight Defense: Lawmakers worry over Syria strategy | Trump's base critical of strikes | Flake undecided on Pompeo | Coast Guard plans to keep allowing transgender members | GOP chair wants to cut B from Pentagon agencies Trump draws criticism from his base over Syria MORE (R-S.C.), who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he would also welcome a hearing on McCabe's firing.

“I think we owe it to the average American to have a hearing in the Judiciary Committee where Attorney General Sessions comes forward with whatever documentation he has about the firing, and give Mr. McCabe the chance to defend himself,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union."