WASHINGTON — The Committee on the Judiciary held its fourth day of an oversight hearing on Crossfire Hurricane, the F.B.I. investigation into President Trump’s campaign and its ties to Russia on Nov. 10.
“We’re looking at maybe the biggest scandal in the history of the FBI,” said Senator Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
Andrew McCabe, Former Deputy Director of the FBI repeatedly denied any wrongdoing during questioning from several committee members.
“My colleagues and I never took any action to undermine our oath to this Constitution and the American people and the work that we did for the F.B.I.,” McCabe said. “I deeply regret how politicized the F.B.I. has become in light of the rhetoric and the relentless attacks levied upon it during the last four years. I have great faith that my former colleagues will continue to do their work and ignore those sort of baseless attacks.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., alleged that the F.B.I. has a culture of corruption, even suggesting that McCabe ought to be prosecuted.
“Why shouldn’t you be prosecuted for your actions?” Sen. Blackburn asked McCabe. “Is this culture standard operating procedure at the F.B.I.?…You didn’t want to answer Senator Cruz’s questions about corruption, and I can understand why.”
McCabe insisted throughout the hearing that he did no wrongdoing and questioned the legitimacy of his termination.
After Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., prodded McCabe, saying, “You were fired for lying, were you not?” McCabe defended his actions.
“I was fired as the result of a deeply unfair and flawed OIG investigation, and I’m challenging that termination in federal court,” McCabe said.