Long awaited IG report says McCabe fired for leaking, lying under oath

14 April, 2018, 20:18 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Former FBI Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report

Trump was reacting to the Department of Justice's release of its report from the inspector general, saying McCabe "lacked candor" and misled investigators.

McCabe "lacked candor" when he talked with then-FBI Director James Comey, the IG report said, or "made statements that led Comey to believe, that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did".

He was under oath when he lied to the FBI agents, the inspector general said in a lengthy new report that could prove devastating to Mr. McCabe's credibility, and to other ongoing investigations.

However, the inspector general also found that McCabe didn't inform then-FBI Director James Comey that he had authorized disclosure of the information to a Wall Street Journal reporter.

Then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Capitol Hill in May 11, 2017.

McCabe has disputed that assessment and issued a point-by-point rebuttal on Friday. The reporter had heard complaints that McCabe was trying to put limits on an FBI investigation into conflicts at the Clinton Foundation. "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"

"McCabe is Comey!" he wrote. Trump's pick to replace Comey, Christopher Wray, was sworn in the same day. But McCabe insisted that the move was crassly political - the Trump administration was simply trying to discredit him, as part of a broader attempt to obstruct and delegitimize the special counsel's investigation.

"The termination of Mr McCabe was completely unjustified".

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It will also look at the early stages of the FBI's investigation into whether Trump or any of his associates helped Russian Federation interfere in the 2016 election.

"The Inspector General found not only did McCabe divulge sensitive information, he did it without the permission, authority, or knowledge of his supervisor", said House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy.

Attorney Michael Bromwich sarcastically thanked Trump in a Twitter post Friday for "providing even more material" for a lawsuit he's considering.

According to the New York Times, McCabe allegedly "lied" to DOJ officials when asked whether he had ordered subordinates to purposely leak classified information to the press ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Republican critics have already seized on revelations that two FBI officials who worked on the Russian Federation investigation, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, exchanged text messages that were sharply critical of Trump. Comey accuses the president of being "untethered to truth", and describes in detail his interactions with Mr. Trump. McCabe told the official to "get his house in order".

While the report is mostly focused on the disclosures in the Clinton Foundation investigation, it also sheds more light on his recusal in both the Clinton Foundation and Clinton email investigations.

(5) After the report, McCabe fought back (through his attorney). He does not, however, deny that he did in fact authorize Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel to speak with the Wall Street Journal in October 2016.

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