FBI report used in McCabe firing shows discrepancy with public statements: CNN

An internal FBI report that was cited in the decision to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Graham says he'll probe Rosenstein's 25th Amendment remarks MORE includes testimony from his former boss James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBarr faces political storm over Mueller report Feehery: The legitimacy of President Trump Press: Should the media apologize to Donald Trump? MORE that is at odds with public statements McCabe has made about his firing, CNN reported Friday.

McCabe has maintained that he had authority to allow FBI officials to share information with The Wall Street Journal for a story in October 2016 regarding the Clinton Foundation, but his statements are reportedly at odds with testimony Comey gave that was included in the Office of Professional Responsibility report before McCabe's ouster.

Since his firing, McCabe has claimed the disclosure was by the book and that his move to share the information was "not a secret" from Comey and other higher-ups at the bureau, saying it was within his authority as the No. 2 FBI official to share the info.


But Comey told the Justice Department's inspector general that he did not remember McCabe mentioning that he authorized officials to share details of the bureau's probe into the Clinton Foundation with the press, sources told CNN.

One source said the apparent discrepancy between McCabe's post-firing statements and the report, which is currently only available to members of Congress, is likely the result of a miscommunication between McCabe and Comey, and nothing more. 

A lawyer representing McCabe told CNN that his client's recollection of the events were much clearer than Comey's, and that he had emails showing that McCabe made Comey aware of his ongoing interactions with the reporter. 

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan: Mueller report should end congressional investigations into Trump Lawmakers clash over whether conclusion of Mueller investigation signals no collusion Top GOP Judiciary rep: 'At this point the president has been proved right' about no collusion MORE (R-Ohio), a congressman who viewed the report and called for McCabe's firing, said the document cites four instances of McCabe lying about his interactions with the press: once to Comey, once to FBI investigators and twice to the Office of the Inspector General. 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAfter Mueller, Democrats need to avoid the Javert trap Mueller probe: A timeline from beginning to end Mueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue MORE cited what he said were unauthorized disclosures in his statement on firing McCabe, and said the former deputy director displayed a "lack of candor" on multiple occasions, including under oath.