WASHINGTON – Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., got straight to the point that is obsessing Democrats and the mainstream media, asking if the firing of former FBI Director James Comey had interrupted or disrupted any of the bureau’s investigations.
“There has been no effort to impede our investigation,” replied acting FBI director Andrew McCabe.
He also said, “I absolutely will” notify Congress if the FBI experiences any pressure from the White House on the Russia investigation.
McCabe’s comments were made during testimony Thursday before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. Comey had been scheduled to appear, but was fired on Tuesday by President Trump.
Democrats were specifically upset that Trump fired Comey during an investigation into possible meddling in the 2016 election by the Russian government that includes allegations that Moscow somehow colluded with the Trump campaign.
Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said, “Any attempt to stop or undermine this FBI investigation would raise grave constitutional issues.”
However, by top Democrats’ own admission, investigators have not found any evidence of any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign or administration.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who serves on the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees, said last week she had seen no such evidence. Other Democrats on the Intelligence committee have said they don’t expect to find any evidence of collusion.
Fierce Trump critic Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has had to admit there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Obama’s own former director of national intelligence, James Clapper, as well as former acting CIA Director Michael Morell, have said they have seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump team and the Russian government.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday that President Trump is considering several individuals to replace Comey, and the first step will be for the Justice Department to determine an interim director.
She also said that McCabe is under consideration for the temporary position, and that the president met with him behind closed doors Wednesday afternoon.
Sanders added, “As of today, the Department of Justice is handling the first step in this process.”