A CNN panel on Sunday, Aug. 25, defended the network employing the former FBI assistant director, Andrew McCabe, who was fired for lying to the office about media leaks while condemning two rival networks for employing former White House press secretaries lately.

Brian Stelter, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host, led a discussion about personnel decisions with contributors Irin Carmon and Daniel Dale.

They criticized ABC’s decision to hire Sean Spicer as a guest on “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as Fox’s move to hire Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a contributor. Stelter said on CNN on Thursday the hirings “deserve outrage and backlash.”

But host Stelter was far less upset about CNN’s recruitment of Andrew McCabe on Aug. 23, who is still allegedly under investigation by the Justice Department for his media leaks.

Stelter posed a question to one of his panelists.

“People on the right said, ‘Well, you’re hiring McCabe. Why can’t Fox hire Sanders?’ Is there a difference?” Stelter asked Carmon, a paid CNN analyst.

“Of course there’s a difference,” said Carmon.

“Andrew McCabe is going to bring serious expertise with respect to the FBI and investigations. And he in no way was accused of standing in front of the American people and lying to them,” she said. “He was accused of a lack of candor about talking to the press. The proportion, the scale, and the substance are utterly non-comparable.”

McCabe was fired in March 2018 after a Justice Department inspector general report found he had repeatedly misstated his involvement in a news media disclosure regarding FBI investigations involving the Clinton Foundation. The watchdog office referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, which has been investigating.

President Donald Trump even accused McCabe of “a big part of Hillary scandal & Russia hoax.”

McCabe is the 10th ex-FBI, CIA, or intelligence community official CNN has hired during the Trump administration, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis. MSNBC has followed closely behind, having hired five former officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan.

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