Former FBI official reveals strong similarities between Biden's classified docs and Hillary's email

February 12, 2024

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe voiced his concerns on Friday regarding the similarities between Special Counsel Robert Hur's report on President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents and former FBI Director James Comey's remarks on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.

Hur's report, released on Thursday, concluded that Biden deliberately retained classified documents but opted not to pursue charges, characterizing the president as "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

McCabe's comments

McCabe, who served during the Clinton investigation, criticized Hur for including these details in the report.

During an interview with CNN's Kaitlan Collins, McCabe highlighted the obligation of special counsels to provide a comprehensive report to the attorney general at the conclusion of their investigations.

While acknowledging that Hur's report met the regulatory requirements by detailing the findings and rationale for not pursuing charges, McCabe suggested that Hur might have anticipated backlash for not charging Biden, especially after a grand jury indictment was secured by Special Counsel Jack Smith on multiple counts, including violations of the Espionage Act.

The Hur report

McCabe expressed his belief that Hur's report seemed aimed at appeasing critics by trying to balance out the decision not to prosecute Biden.

He drew parallels with Comey's handling of the investigation into Clinton's email server during the 2016 presidential campaign, criticizing Comey for publicly criticizing Clinton while not recommending charges, which he suggested violated Department of Justice policy.

The former FBI deputy director himself faced controversy and was dismissed in 2018 following allegations of dishonesty regarding media leaks. His firing was later overturned in 2021 as part of a legal settlement.

The concerns

McCabe's criticism highlights broader concerns about the perceived politicization of law enforcement investigations and the role of special counsels in high-profile cases involving public officials.

By drawing comparisons between Hur's report and past instances of DOJ investigations, McCabe raises questions about the consistency and impartiality of prosecutorial decisions and their potential impact on public trust in the justice system.

McCabe's remarks underscore the ongoing debate surrounding the handling of sensitive information by government officials and the potential consequences for those found to have violated security protocols.

The discussion surrounding Biden's handling of classified documents, as outlined in Hur's report, reflects broader concerns about transparency, accountability, and ethical conduct within the highest levels of government.

As the political and legal fallout from Hur's report continues to unfold, McCabe's critique serves as a reminder of the corruption in the Biden White House as the president prepares for a likely rematch against Trump later this year.

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