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FBI Director Wray: Politics Didn't Influence McCabe Firing

FBI Director Wray: Politics Didn't Influence McCabe Firing
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By    |   Wednesday, 21 March 2018 04:40 PM EDT

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a new interview he was not influenced by political pressure in firing Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week.

During a sit-down with NBC News scheduled to air Wednesday night, Wray said he plays things straight.

"I am committed to doing things objectively and independently and by the book," Wray said. "I think that has to extend not just to our investigations, our intelligence analysis, but it also has to extend to personnel decisions and disciplinary decisions."

Regarding McCabe's firing, Wray was unable to talk about specifics. He did, however, issue a blanket statement that indicated he followed protocol.

"I want to be careful about what I can say about the process," Wray said. "But I will tell you that my commitment to making sure that our process is followed, that it relies on objective input, and that most importantly, it is not based on political or partisan influence, is something I am utterly unyielding on."

McCabe was fired last Friday night, two days before he was slated to officially retire from government work. His dismissal came following an official recommendation because he was found not to have been fully truthful when asked about leaks within the FBI.

McCabe has also been mentioned as part of the ongoing Russia probe, with some suggesting he may have played a role in a claimed conspiracy to help Democrat Hillary Clinton and bring down President Donald Trump.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a new interview he was not influenced by political pressure in firing Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week.
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