Fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe Blasts Trump Administration in Blistering Op-Ed

In a shocking op-ed that was posted Friday night, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe schooled Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the proper definition of “candor.”

“I have been accused of ‘lack of candor,'” McCabe wrote for the Washington Post. “That is not true. I did not knowingly mislead or lie to investigators. When asked about contacts with a reporter that were fully within my power to authorize as deputy director, and amid the chaos that surrounded me, I answered questions as completely and accurately as I could.”

He went on to say that when he realized some of his answers weren’t fully accurate or may have been misunderstood, he corrected the record.

“At worst, I was not clear in my responses, and because of what was going on around me may well have been confused and distracted — and for that I take full responsibility,” he continued. “But that is not a lack of candor. And under no circumstances could it ever serve as the basis for the very public and extended humiliation of my family and me that the administration, and the president personally, have engaged in over the past year.”

He noted that never in his “worst nightmares did I ever dream my FBI career would end this way.” He also revealed that he learned of his “firing” from a friend, who saw the news breaking live on CNN.

“She read me the attorney general’s statement,” he wrote.

He went on to send a message to the members of the FBI who work daily doing their jobs while under attack from the president of the United States.

“To those men and women, I say: Fear not. Set the headlines aside and give in to what draws you to this work. The country needs you,” he wrote.

Read the full op-ed at the Washington Post.

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