Former FBI director James Comey said on Thursday that he is “conflicted” over the inspector general referring former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe for criminal charges.
McCabe was recently fired after a publicized IG report found that he “lacked candor,” including under oath, during inquiries about his disclosures to The Wall Street Journal. He has now reportedly been criminally referred to the US Attorney of DC. (RELATED: REPORT: McCabe ‘Criminally Referred’ To US Attorney Of DC)
CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Comey during an exclusive interview Thursday how he feels about his former deputy being accused of lacking candor.
“Conflicted,” Comey replied. “I like him very much as a person but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn’t do.”
“I’ve he the report. I’m not the judge in the case, I’m not the…decision maker in the case,” he continued. “I think it’s accountability mechanisms working and they should work because it’s not acceptable in the FBI or the Justice Department for people to lack candor. It’s something we take really seriously.”
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