November 10, 2020
During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe faced a harsh grilling by Republicans, including Chairman Lindsey Graham, who wasn’t letting McCabe evade his questions.
The hearing is part of the Committee’s probe into the origins of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane counterintelligence investigation into now-debunked allegations Trump’s campaign was in contact with Russia.
Tuesday’s hearing came to a head when McCabe painted a glowing picture of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok. “Senator, my experiences working with Peter Strzok, yes, I believe he was fair in the decisions that he made and the work that he did,” McCabe testified.
Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in 2017 and was fired by the bureau in 2018 over his anti-Trump emails and text messages with former FBI Attorney Lisa Page. Still, McCabe insists Strzok wasn’t politically motivated and did good work at the FBI.
“We had conversations on the evening that it was first shown the text messages between Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page and we made the decision to remove him and we reached out to Director Mueller’s team and they agreed with that. That’s my recollection.”
He continued, “The work that I saw Peter do on this case and other cases from that work and the decisions that he made, I did not see any indications of political bias.”