Cornyn: Hearing on McCabe firing would be 'appropriate'

Cornyn: Hearing on McCabe firing would be 'appropriate'
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Sen. John CornynJohn Cornyn Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Trump struggles to reshape Fed Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks MORE (R-Texas) said on Monday that he supports holding a hearing on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe Mueller report concludes it was not needed Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators Electronic surveillance isn't spying — it's much more powerful 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 SessionsAnd the winner of the Robert Mueller Sweepstakes is — Vladimir Putin The Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump 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 TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone 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 GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions 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."