Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe refutes White House justifications for Comey's dismissal

Following the dismissal of his predecessor James Comey, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said that the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election would continue and that the FBI would not be providing the White House with updates on its progress.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before Senate Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 news

Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI Director, testified earlier today (Thursday) before the US Senate. In his testimony, he said that the FBI will not update the White House regarding its investigation into the Trump campaign’s potential ties with Russia. McCabe also said that he had not encountered any attempts to prevent the FBI from investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 elections and that he would update the Senate of signs of interference.

McCabe's testimony took place just two days after US President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. Refuting recent White House justifications for the abrupt ousting of Comey, McCabe pointed out to the senators that "Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.” McCabe also noted that the bureau considers the Russian investigation "highly significant.”

Former FBI Director James Comey Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Some US news outlets had reported that Comey requested a larger budget to investigate the alleged Russia-Trump affair just days before his ousting. The White House, however, denied the allegations that Comey's dismissal was related to his investigation into Trump's ties with Moscow.

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