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Jacquelyn Martin / AP

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe made headlines this morning during his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the state of the Russia investigation and James Comey's termination.

A steady hand: McCabe's testimony jived precisely with his comments in a Los Angeles Times profile last year, shortly after becoming FBI Deputy Director:

My focus is on the stuff we have done for 100 years and do every day that people never hear about.
His backstory
  • He decided during a law school internship at the Department of Justice that a career as an FBI agent sounded like a "cool job."
  • Commonly described as "clean cut," during an interview with the LA Times, his "only bit of flash" was his FBI badge cuff links.
  • His former supervisor called him "very good with people" and a person who "wants to make sure everything is done by the book."
His focus
  • "My focus is on the inside [of the FBI] and all the work we do that is not talked about in the newspaper, on CNN, on the Hill."
  • Last year, McCabe said his primary concern was the "broadening and intensity of the terrorism threat," specifically the scope of its online presence.
  • In 2009, he headed the FBI's High-Value Interrogation Group, charged with successfully interrogating key suspects using legal methods after President Obama prohibited the use of controversial interrogation tactics.
Some controversy
  • His wife ran for a Virginia State Senate seat in 2015, receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Democratic operatives, including Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe's PAC — some Republicans said this should have forced his recusal from the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Go deeper

Dave Lawler, author of World
2 hours ago - World

Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.