The acting head of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, contradicted President Donald Trump and Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on May 11 regarding the FBI's support of former FBI Director James Comey (video below).
McCabe praised Comey during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, notes CNN:
I can tell you that I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity. And it has been the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life to work with him.
I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day. We are a large organization. We are 36,500 people across this country, across this globe. We have a diversity of opinions about many things, But I can confidently tell you that the vast majority of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.
Comey was fired by Trump on May 9 while leading a probe into the Trump campaign's possible ties with the Russian government during the 2016 election.
Sanders told White House reporters on May 10 the positions staff took when it came to Comey, reports Bloomberg Politics:
The President, over the last several months, lost confidence in Director Comey. The DOJ lost confidence in Director Comey. Bipartisan members of Congress made it clear that they had lost confidence in Director Comey. And most importantly, the rank-and-file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director.
"The [Russia-Trump] investigation will move forward, absolutely," McCabe told the hearing. "It is my opinion and belief that the FBI will continue to pursue this investigation vigorously and completely."
McCabe pushed back against Sanders' description of the Russia-Trump investigation as "one of the smallest things that they’ve got going on their plate."
"We consider it to be a highly significant investigation," McCabe stated. McCabe said he "would not" call it the smallest thing.
Trump repeatedly disparaged Comey on Twitter May 10:
James Comey will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.
Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!
Trump also disparaged Comey during an interview with NBC News on May 11:
He's a showboat, he's grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago. It hasn't recovered from that.