Law Prof: Did McCabe Just Throw Comey Under The Bus For Perjury?

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have just thrown former FBI Director James Comey under the bus - perhaps intentionally.

Recall that McCabe was fired for, among other things, an "improper media disclosure." In other words leaking. 

In a Saturday morning appearance on CNN with host Michael Smerconish, Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley suggested that McCabe's statement following his firing "immediately" raised a flag, which may lead to serious consequences for his former boss. McCabe's statement reads in part: 

The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter.

Turley notes "There was one line in the case statement last night that I immediately flagged. Because he said that he had authority to do this and he conferred with the director - the director at the time was James Comey.

"Now, the problem there is that James Comey said under oath that he never leaked information and never approved a leak," said Turley. "So, if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey’s previous testimony and could get him into serious trouble."

This directly contradicts Comey's statement under oath that "he never leaked information, and never approved a leak." Turley continued. "So if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey's previous testimony that could get him into serious trouble."


Turley writes in The Hill:

McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family’s charitable foundation. McCabe asserts in his post-firing statement that he not only had authority to “share” that information to the media but did so with the knowledge of “the director.” The FBI director at the time was Comey. -The Hill

Turley continues: 

If the “interaction” means leaking the information, then McCabe’s statement would seem to directly contradict statements Comey made in a May 2017 congressional hearing. Asked if he had “ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation” or whether he had “ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation,” Comey replied “never” and “no.”

Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said on Friday that the upcoming OIG report will contain some "pure TNT," whenever it comes out - which should shed more light on the FBI's transgressions surrounding the 2016 U.S. election. 

The timing of McCabe's statement and Comey's apparent perjury comes at an inconvenient time for the former FBI director, who's selling $100 tickets to attend stops on his upcoming book tour to promote: “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

As Turley notes, "If he gave McCabe the green light for his “interaction,” the title could prove embarrassingly ironic."


LSD - Lower Sl… lloll Sat, 03/17/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

Fuck off, spam-boy.

Are you really that dense where you see that your bibilcrap site gets ZERO clicks from ZH yet day in, and day out, you keep spamming ZH, desperate for clicks? And yeah, yeah... we all get it that you hate Israel  - to the point where you scream it at everyone in EVERY thread like a retarded four year old.

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sixsigma cygnu… LSD - Lower Sl… Sat, 03/17/2018 - 22:52 Permalink

"Beginning to unravel now..."

Crime syndicates always cave in this way.  At first everyone observes the code of silence.  As soon as one person starts talking, they all rat each other out, like Sammy the Bull.  A little ironic this is starting at the FBI no less.  It will be interesting to see if Obama and Hillary are able to avoid the vortex.

Edit: If ST6 could get Bin Laden in Pakistan, I think ST6 finding someone hiding in India or Kenya won't pose any significant hurdles. And yes, I think Obama and Hillary should both get the same retirement package that was offered to Bin Laden.

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nmewn Captain Nemo d… Sun, 03/18/2018 - 07:46 Permalink

"Now, the problem there is that James Comey >>>said under oath<<< that he never leaked information and never approved a leak,"said Turley. "So, if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey’s previous testimony and could get him into serious trouble."

This directly contradicts Comey's statement >>>under oath<<< that "he never leaked information, and never approved a leak." Turley continued. "So if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey's >>>previous testimony<<< that could get him into serious trouble."

Now see, the problem with telling a lie for convenience or otherwise (especially under oath) is, it very often requires you telling yet another lie to cover up and corroborate the first lie (and so on & so forth) until you actually convict yourself by your own words.

The fake boy scout Comey would have been much better off to use the patented Hillary defense of "I don't recall." or "What difference at this point does it make!" (lol) which would only point to his complete incompetency for the position he held.

Not "collusion" and conspiracy like the lie does now ;-)

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DillyDilly nmewn Sun, 03/18/2018 - 08:05 Permalink

2 Democrat Congresscritters (you know, 'Congresscritters' elected to serve WE THE PEOPLE, not FBI criminals, are offering McCabe a staff job just so he can collect his taxpayer funded pension), and, you know, be able to have more free time to go on book tours on how he was unfairly treated by "the system".…


Think about that one for a minute... You go out and check a box to vote for someone on election night. Someone gets elected and takes an oath to serve WE THE PEOPLE. The same person does nothing, and collects a lifetime pension. Oh ~ and the only thing they do do, when the opportunity arises, (which would NEVER otherwise be a thought or a scenario that anybody would otherwise consider). Is to HIRE someone for their staff (who had clearly broken laws), so said person could collect full pension (at age 50). & whereby your tax dollars funded said pension.


Here they are:


Mark Pocan (D-Wis.)

1421 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 202-225-2906
Fax: 202-225-6942


100 State Street, 3rd floor

Beloit, WI 53511

Phone: 608-365-8001


10 East Doty Street, Suite 405

Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-258-9800
Fax: 608-258-0377



Seth Moulton (D-Mass.)

1408 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-8020
Fax: (202) 225-5915


21 Front Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 531-1669
Fax: (978) 224-2270



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nmewn DillyDilly Sun, 03/18/2018 - 08:40 Permalink have to laugh at progs like Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) when they just double down on their own stupidity.

It's much like Debbie Wassername being the VERY LAST congresscritter to fire Imran Awan and that took him being arrested for her to do it. I suppose the more "progressive" one is the more corrupt & dumber they get ;-)

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DillyDilly nmewn Sun, 03/18/2018 - 08:48 Permalink

@mewn ~ UFB!


Anybody out there willing to toss their hat into the ring for the Wisconsin 2nd Congressional District primaries?…


Dane, Green, Iowa, Sauk, and Lafayette counties and parts of Richland and Rock counties.


More FUN in Wisconsin…

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Arnold DaBard51 Sun, 03/18/2018 - 09:26 Permalink

"But FBI, Energy Department and court documents reviewed by The Hill show the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence well before the committee’s decision that Vadim Mikerin — the main Russian overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States — was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered."…

Mueller was the head of the FBI during this period.…

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gregga777 spieslikeus Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:48 Permalink

Minimal book sales for these traitorous, treasonous, seditious POS's are merely a convenient smokescreen. The upfront book payouts are thinly disguised payoffs for past services rendered. The publishers will print hundreds of thousands of books and, after they've sat in warehouses for awhile, shred them and dump the trash in landfills. 

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Fake Jim Quinn slopz38 Sun, 03/18/2018 - 10:36 Permalink

This Whackjob with Multiple Log-on's (aka "stizazz" and "pier" "beepbop"  "Braveheart"  "PRIVETHEDGE"  "SLOPZ38" -- hopefully banned) is a CHRONIC SPAMMER whose "disguised links" ("Graphic Images", above) will take you to his Spam- and Trojan-laden webpage, fondly known by ZHers as "The Whacked Out Biblicism SPAM page" where you will be the happy recipient of numerous virus from this very disturbed and obsessed individual, spamming here for more than five years.

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Copy and send this text to

Please remove all postings and ban log-on from user "LLOLL" who chronically SPAM posts short-URL links to his virus- and trojan-filled website. This is the same individual posting chronically as  "STIZAZZ" "PRIVETHEDGE" and "PIER" "SLOPZ38"  "BRAVEHEART"  "BEEPBOP", among dozens of other banned log-ons [that's YOU "dailywesterner" and "biblicisminstitute" and "celebrity-leaks" (porn) and "I made $7000 last week...."]. Thank you.

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Voluntary Exchange RAT005 Sun, 03/18/2018 - 02:53 Permalink

Even if Trump could somehow clean out all the filth, there would be more filth to ooze into its place. As long as people continue to believe that forcing others to pay for what they want is the way to organize society (-taxation-) ... , people who love theft, fraud, and starting violence, will continue to seek out the opportunities that this delusion creates.

Trying to place a decent man at the head of a crime syndicate ultimately will fail. Stop supporting crime! Stop paying taxes! Live by voluntary exchange.

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gregga777 Bobrsta Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

The Founders wrote into the Constitution that only gold and silver coins are lawful money specifically to serve as a check on government power and overreach. But, the creation of the Golem Suchs Feral Reserve System put an end to that method of starving the beast. Every individual and every CONporation could quit paying their taxes and the Golem Suchs Feral Reserve System would not miss a beat funding the Feral Gangster Government with their fiat debt-based Ponzi scheme.  


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Oliver Klozoff SethPoor Sat, 03/17/2018 - 23:19 Permalink

"The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!"

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2018

More like SEDITION! Don, you can start calling it what it is.

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