READ: DOJ IG Releases Report On Ex-Deputy FBI Director McCabe
Apr 14 2018
The Department of Justice has released a report from the inspector general, stating that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe "lacked candor" and repeatedly misled investigators.
McCabe was sacked last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he misled investigators reviewing the bureau's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server. Horowitz indicates that when investigators asked McCabe whether he had instructed aides to provide information in October 2016 to Journal reporter Devlin Barrett (now with the Washington Post), McCabe said he did not authorize the disclosure and did not know who did.
"McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!", Trumptweeted on Friday in reference to the report on McCabe.
The Justice Department watchdog says fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe misled investigators over his role in a news media disclosure. The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired for "lack of candor" during interviews about the leak authorizations.
The report claims that even if McCabe had been forthright about his actions, his disclosure still would have violated the FBI's media policy. McCabe vigorously disputes its conclusions, and his team distributed a point-by-point rebuttal of the inspector general's allegations.
Regardless, the report immediately provided fodder for Mr Trump's public attacks on Mr McCabe. "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"
The inspector general also concluded that McCabe initially had been untruthful about authorizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to engage the reporter.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, expressed concern Friday that Trump and Republican lawmakers would use the report to try to discredit the unrelated Russian Federation investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on behalf of the Justice Department. "The Inspector General found not only did McCabe divulge sensitive information, he did it without the permission, authority, or knowledge of his supervisor. And the rush to fire him, at the goading of the president, was unworthy of the great traditions of the Department of Justice", McCabe's counsel said in the statement on Friday.
McCabe, who is close to Comey, could be an important witness for Mueller, who is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, including his motivation for firing Comey in May 2017.