Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, appeared on CNN Saturday to talk about former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s firing just days before he was set to retire.
Turley explained that this wasn’t a witch hunt or a plan mocked up by President Donald Trump or Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This was recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
“These were career officials at the Office of Professional Responsibility that made this recommendation which is exceedingly rare,” Turley said. “In fact, it is unprecedented for someone in this position. These are not political appointees.”
Turley made it very clear:
“They clearly concluded that McCabe misled them, and that he misled them on one of the core issues they were investigating, not a collateral issue.”
He then explained that McCabe should be worried about a “criminal referral” going forward for his false statements.
“Michael Flynn was indicted for making a false statement to investigators. Now, it is true that they were looking at him for other crimes as well,” he said. “But there will be some that will argue, ‘Why would you indict Michael Flynn but a Deputy FBI Director is just worried about his pension, not prison?’”