McCabe: Sessions Didn’t Want To Rescue American Hostages Held Overseas

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo by Glenn Fawcett/Public Domain

The former attorney general reportedly said Americans who visit hostile countries and get caught "had it coming."

According to Yahoo News, then Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was brought to the White House to discuss a national security investigation. The FBI had concluded that Michael Flynn, the national security advisor, lied to agents about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. the chief of staff, then Reince Priebus, said that McCabe needed to show him the evidence.

McCabe relays in his book “The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump” that the White House officials “got distracted by the TV, which was airing a news story about events in the White House.“Everyone turned toward the screen and they all began to talk about the story, which they said had been leaked,” writes McCabe. Although he didn’t recall what the story was about, he remembered “only how much it upset them. They had a heated conversation.”

The officials discussed the leaked story while McCabe sat there waiting to discuss whether or not the national security advisor to the president had been compromised by the Russians. According to McCabe, Sessions was completely uninterested in the national security briefings from the FBI. More, Sessions was extremely impatient with the FBI’s mission to find Robert Levinson, who’d gone missing in Iran. “How much longer are we going to do this? How much money are we going to spend on this? McCabe quotes Sessions as saying.

Sessions even questioned why the FBI was bothering to search for American hostages at all. “The implication was that some of these people had it coming: If you traveled to Iran and then found yourself locked up, it was your own damn fault,” McCabe wrote.