FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe gave more than 16 hours of private testimony to the House Intelligence, Oversight and Judiciary committees this week. The panels had plenty to ask McCabe about the investigation into Russian interference in our U.S. elections., as well as the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) believes Republicans are trying to sabotage special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by asking McCabe to testify, "desperately" trying to protect President Trump.
Fellow Democrats like Jerrold Nadler (NY) agree.
"This hearing is part of an ongoing Republican attempt to divert attention," he said.
Their meeting with McCabe only convinced Cummings of his integrity. He is "a man of great patriotism, integrity, and honor," Cummings said, before commending other individuals in government who have each at some point been the source of President Trump's ire.
“Like Sally Yates, Robert Mueller and many others, Deputy Director McCabe is a guardian of democracy, and we need more people like him in public service."
The real reason behind Republicans' interrogation of McCabe is that they fear what will come of Mueller's investigation, Cummings suggested. If they truly wanted to get to the bottom of Russian interference, they should be questioning former national security adviser Michael Flynn, he noted. Flynn was fired by Trump earlier this year for lying to Vice President Pence about his Russian contacts.
Trump told the press that he is not going to fire Mueller. Yet, a group of Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee admitted they are investigating the investigators. FBI agents like Peter Strzok, who was found to have sent his mistress a barrage of seething anti-Trump texts last year, gave them plenty of reason to do so.