McCabe Regrets Signing FISA Warrant Against Carter Page

By Melanie Arter | November 10, 2020 | 3:19pm EST
Andrew McCabe presents onstage at the American Jewish University on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
Andrew McCabe presents onstage at the American Jewish University on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe admitted Tuesday that if he knew in 2017 what he knows now, he wouldn’t have signed the warrant application against Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked McCabe, “If you knew then what you know now, would you have signed the warrant application in June of 2017 against Carter Page?”


“No, sir,” McCabe said.

Graham followed up by asking who is responsible for ruining Page’s life.

“Finally, who is responsible for ruining Mr. Carter Page's life? If it's not you, it's not Rosenstein, it's not Comey, it's not Sally Yates. Who is responsible for putting together the information provided to the FISA court that was completely devoid of the truth, lacking material facts, completely misrepresented what Mr. Page did and how he did it, who should we look to for that responsibility?” Graham asked.

McCabe replied, saying, “I think we are all responsible for the work that went into that FISA. I am certainly responsible as a person in a leadership position with oversight over these matters. I accept that responsibility fully.”

When asked whether he misled the FISA court, McCabe said, “I signed a package that included numerous factual errors or failed to include information that should have been brought to the court.”

As to what should be done to McCabe and others, the former FBI deputy director said, “Well, senator, I think we are doing that with this process. I think our efforts should be focused on figuring out how these errors took place and ensuring it doesn't happen again. 

“It begins with those responsible being held accountable,” Graham said. 

Below is a partial transcript of the exchange:

 

GRAHAM: If you knew then what you know now would you have signed the warrant application in June of 2017 against Carter Page? 

MCCABE: No, sir. 

GRAHAM: Finally, who is responsible for ruining Mr. Carter Page's life? If it's not you, it's not Rosenstein, it's not Comey, it's not Sally Yates. Who is responsible for putting together the information provided to the FISA court that was completely devoid of the truth, lacking material facts, completely misrepresented what Mr. Page did and how he did it, who should we look to for that responsibility? 

MCCABE: Well, sir, I don't agree with the way that you have characterized it. 

GRAHAM: That's what the court said. 

MCCABE: I think as the I.G. pointed out in the conclusions of their report -- 

GRAHAM:  Who is responsible, Mr. McCabe? 

MCCABE: Everybody. 

GRAHAM:  Everybody is responsible but nobody is responsible? 

MCCABE: It would help if you allow me to finish my answer. I think it might be easier to understand. 

GRAHAM: The question is who is responsible? 

MCCABE: I think we are all responsible for the work that went into that FISA. I am certainly responsible as a person in a leadership position with oversight over these matters. I accept that responsibility fully. 

GRAHAM:  Did you mislead the FISA court? 

MCCABE: I signed a package that included numerous factual errors or failed to include information that should have been brought to the court. 

GRAHAM: And what should be done to you and others? 

MCCABE: Well, senator, I think we are doing that with this process. I think our efforts should be focused on figuring out how these errors took place and ensuring it doesn't happen again. 

GRAHAM: It begins with those responsible being held accountable. 

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