Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe disputed Thursday a White House claim that former FBI Director James Comey had lost the confidence of “rank and file” FBI employees.
President Donald Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday. He later told reporters that the former director of the FBI “wasn’t doing a good job.”
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that a factor in Trump’s decision to fire Comey was that “the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.”
During his testimony at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday, McCabe said the claim that Comey had lost the confidence of FBI employees is “not accurate.”
"No sir, that is not accurate,” McCabe said in response to a question about the claim from Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).
McCabe said that he worked “very, very closely” with Comey since he joined the FBI and he holds him “in the absolute highest regard.”
“It has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to work with him,” McCabe said.
McCabe said that Comey “enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.”
He added that there is a diversity of opinion in the vast organization but “I can confidently tell you that the majority, the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”