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Rachel Maddow Thoroughly Dismantles Jeff Sessions' Embarrassing Senate Hearing Testimony

The MSNBC host isn't buying Sessions' explanation for James Comey's firing.

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Since FBI director James Comey's firing on May 9, the White House has offered several bizarre explanations for the shocking move. 

"One of their explanations for why FBI director James Comey had to be fired was that... everybody knows FBI is in turmoil, FBI agents, the rank-and-file hated him, he had to go," Rachel Maddow reiterated, hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate testimony on Tuesday.

"You know... that is a claim that can be checked... with the current head of the FBI," she continued. "Turns out that claim is not true." 

According to the FBI's acting director Andrew McCabe, President Trump's claim of a Bureau "in turmoil" under Comey was entirely inaccurate. 

"I worked very, very closely with director Comey from the moment he started at the FBI; I was his executive assistant director of national security," McCabe said in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11. 

"I can tell you that I hold director Comey in the absolute highest regard," McCabe added. "And it has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to work with him." 

The two-decade FBI veteran also noted Comey "enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day." 

However, over a month later, Sessions attempted to resuscitate the debunked claim in his Senate testimony Tuesday. 

"You'd worked with director Comey for some time, did you ever have a conversation as a superior with his failure to perform or some of these accusations that he wasn't running the FBI in a good way, or that somehow the FBI was is in turmoil [before his termination]?" Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) asked Sessions, citing the AG's recommendation to President Trump. 

"I did not," Sessions told him.

"Oh, so only once before in the history of this country have we ever fired an FBI director... this one you say we had to fire him because he was so terrible running the FBI... you're his boss, did you ever speak to him about that?" Maddow asked. "No, never, not once." 


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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