Sen. Cruz to Former FBI Director Comey: Under Oath, Who's Telling the Truth, You or McCabe?

By Michael W. Chapman | September 30, 2020 | 3:16pm EDT
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)  (C-SPAN)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (C-SPAN)

(CNS News) -- In a testy exchange between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and ex-FBI Director James Comey about the FBI's spying on the 2016 Trump campaign, Cruz quoted sworn testimony by Comey that contradicts testimony by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and challenged Comey to say who was telling the truth.

Cruz also detailed numerous failures by the FBI, which the senator said were politically motivated and, as for Comey, Cruz implied he was "deliberately corrupt."

James Comey testified on Wednesday, Sept. 30, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The committee is examining the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation of 2016-17 into the Trump campaign and whether the campaign colluded with Russian agents.  

A special investigation by Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion but an Inspector General report discovered that the FBI made at least 17 "mistakes" in its warrant applications to spy on the Trump campaign. Also, an FBI lawyer recently pleaded guilty to altering an email from the CIA to make it say the opposite of what it said, in relation to the FBI's spying operation.

Ex-FBI Director James Comey.  (Getty Images)
Ex-FBI Director James Comey. (Getty Images)

James Comey was fired from the FBI by President Donald Trump in May 2017.  Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January 2018 for leaking information to the Wall Street Journal and for misleading fellow FBI agents under oath on at least three occasions. 

In Wednesday's testimony, Sen. Cruz said to Comey, "On May 3, 2017, in this committee, Chairman Grassley asked you point blank, quote, 'have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters related to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?' You responded, under oath, quote, 'never.'

"He then asked you, quote, 'have you ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton administration?' You responded, again under oath, ‘no.’"

Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.  (Getty Images)
Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. (Getty Images)

Cruz continued, “Now, as you know, Mr. [Andrew] McCabe, who worked for you, has publicly and repeatedly stated that he leaked information to the Wall Street Journal and you were directly aware of it, and that you directly authorized it. Now, what Mr. McCabe is saying and what you testified to this committee cannot both be true. One or the other is false. Who is telling the truth?"

Comey said, "I can only speak to my testimony. I stand by the testimony you summarized that I gave in May of 2017."

"So, your testimony is you’ve never authorized anyone to leak and Mr. McCabe, if he said contrary, is not telling the truth," said Cruz.  "Is that correct?"

US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey after his installation ceremony at the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2013. Comey was a top Justice Department official in the Bush administration and took over last month for Robert Mueller, who stepped down after 12 years of heading the agency. (Photo JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey after his installation ceremony at the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, on October 28, 2013. Comey was a top Justice Department official in the Bush administration and took over last month for Robert Mueller, who stepped down after 12 years of heading the agency. (Photo JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

Comey replied, "I’m not going to characterize Andy’s testimony but mine is the same today."

Then Cruz said, "And I’m going to make a final point because my time is expired. This investigation of the president was corrupt. The FBI and the Department of Justice were politicized and weaponized and, in my opinion, there are only two possibilities: That you were deliberately corrupt or woefully incompetent. And I don’t believe you were incompetent."

"This has done severe damage to the professionals and the honorable men and women at the FBI because law enforcement should not be used as a political weapon," said the senator. "And that is the legacy you’ve left."

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