A former leader of the FBI has made it a point to advise officials with the Justice Department to openly resist the demands coming from House Republicans concerning information about the ongoing investigation concerning just how President Joe Biden handled the recently discovered caches of classified documents.
Having previously served in the role of deputy director and as acting director of the FBI between 2016 and 2018, Andrew McCabe stated that he would advise members of the Justice Department to set a “very hard line” when it comes to working with the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee.
“There is a clear precedent here of not sharing information from an ongoing criminal investigation with Congress. And I think the DOJ is in a very strong position to resist on those grounds,” stated McCabe as part of a Friday interview with CNN.
“Who knows what comes of that resistance?” he stated. “Maybe DOJ leadership starts getting subpoenaed. And ultimately, that fight will end up in the courts. And that could drag things out. That’s going to be an additional distraction to DOJ. But it shouldn’t disrupt the actual conduct of the investigation. So, that’s a — it’ll be a separate but related set of stressors that DOJ has to deal with.”
McCabe had taken on the role of CNN’s law enforcement analyst in the wake of a rocky end to his multi-decade career with the FBI that took place in 2018.
McCabe was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions who cited a report from the inspector general that claimed that McCabe “lacked candor” regarding investigators when speaking about the releasing of information to media outlets in regard to an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
Additionally, McCabe put forth the recommendation concerning the Biden documents investigation after noting that there is “a lot of concern” for the expected duration of the investigation. He also highlighted that the legal team for Biden has openly stated that the president is fully cooperating with investigatory officials, and McCabe went further to claim that the entire effort could be carried out over the course of a couple of months. All the while, Trump has been quite hostile to a different DOJ investigation regarding how he himself handled classified documents.
An announcement from this past Thursday handed down by Attorney General Merrick Garland explained that he has officially appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden over these poorly handled classified documents which were discovered in both an office in Washington, D.C., and in his home in Wilmington, Delaware. The man appointed is none other than former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur.