Andrew McCabe delaying Senate judiciary panel testimony, citing coronavirus threat: lawyer

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Andrew McCabe delaying Senate judiciary panel testimony, citing coronavirus risk: lawyer

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe will reportedly fail to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee as planned on Tuesday as it would put his family's health for the coronavirus at risk, his attorney said in a letter on Saturday.

McCabe was set to testify as part of the Republicans investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation until it was revealed that two GOP senators on the panel, Mike Lee from Utah and Thom Tillis from NC, on Friday, McCabe & # 39; s, Tested Positive for the Virus Attorney Michael R. Bromwich wrote to Senate Justice Chairman Lindsey Graham, RS.C., according to The Hill.

"By then, other committee members and staff who wish to attend the hearing may test positive or have been exposed to the virus and are carriers," wrote Bromwich. "In these circumstances, a personal hearing poses serious safety risks to Mr. McCabe, myself, and senators and staff who would attend."

Bromwich said McCabe was "ready, able and eager to testify in person" about the FBI's Russia investigation "when it is certain," adding the former deputy director was "unwilling to look into his family's health To bring danger ". ”

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The then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appears at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 7, 2017. (Associated Press)

He said, on "grounds of fairness", McCabe would not be willing to testify remotely.

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"A fair and fair hearing of this nature – which is complex and controversial – can simply be done in person," wrote Bromwich, reported The Hill.

McCabe's former boss, ex-FBI director James Comey, testified before the Justice Committee last Wednesday.

McCabe, 52, a key figure in the Russia investigation, "lacked openness" to Comey and investigators during the investigation, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote in a 2018 report.

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The Senate's full return is postponed until October 19 because of positive virus cases for Lee, Tillis, and Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Judicial Committee scheduled October 12th, The Justice Committee said Hearing continues for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett – with infected Senators invited to join virtually.