Following a bombshell report claiming FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump asked him to end his investigation into Michael Flynn, there was one unanswered question lingering on social media.
If Comey really did pen the memo, why did Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testify under oath that the bureau faced no pressure from the White House to end its Russia investigation?
“There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date,” McCabe testified. “You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.”
That certainly doesn't line up with what Comey reportedly revealed in the memo in question.
“I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the New York Times.
The Times asserted that McCabe was actually referring to the “broad investigation” into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, not the investigation into Flynn.
However, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) specifically asked about all FBI investigations, not just Russia.
“Has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped, or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigations?"
But it's also worth noting that Rubio was asking about the impact of Comey's dismissal, and McCabe doesn't specifically mention the Flynn investigation in his answer either, further muddying the issue. It's also possible that McCabe never read the reported memo.
A spokesman for the bureau declined to comment for the New York Times report.