DOJ inspector general report cites FBI's McCabe for misconduct

DOJ inspector general report cites FBI's McCabe for misconduct

In addition to addressing whether McCabe lacked candor, the OIG's misconduct investigation addressed whether any FBI or Department of Justice policies were violated in disclosing non-public FBI information to the WSJ.

The report, which says McCabe misled investigators when asked about whether he had instructed FBI aides to give information to the media about the Hillary Clinton investigation in 2016, caused Trump to lump in the other person who has been on his mind lately: former FBI Director James Comey. "He LIED! LIED! LIED!" he continued, claiming "McCabe was totally controlled by Comey".

The finding is contained in an inspector general report obtained Friday by The Associated Press. "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"

Lastly, we determined that as Deputy Director, McCabe was authorized to disclose the existence of the CF Investigation publicly if such a disclosure fell within the "public interest" exception in applicable FBI and DOJ policies generally prohibiting such a disclosure of an ongoing investigation.

McCabe, appointed deputy director in 2016, had been a close Comey ally and passionately defended him in a congressional hearing two days after his firing.

Read the full report from the Department of Justice Inspector General detailing the former agent's pattern of leaks and deception at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"While the only direct evidence regarding this McCabe-Comey conversation were the recollections of the two participants, there is considerable circumstantial evidence and we concluded that the overwhelming weight of that evidence supported Comey's version of the conversation", the report states.

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McCabe "lacked candor" in interviews in which he denied authorizing a subordinate to leak information about a Clinton Foundation investigation to The Wall Street Journal for an article published October 30, 2016, investigators determined.

Mr McCabe, who argued he was being targeted because of his involvement in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, released a statement on Friday saying he was authorised to share information and did not intentionally mislead anyone.

The representatives for McCabe said the inspector general's "account of Mr. McCabe's interactions with the ... investigators is incomplete and misleading".

McCabe then authorised telling the reporter that no such order had been given and to relay the contents of a conversation between McCabe and a Justice Department official in which McCabe pushed back against the official's suggestion that no overt steps be taken during the campaign. The official said McCabe was "angry".

The review drew attention late a year ago, when it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller had removed an investigator from his team because of text messages critical of President Donald Trump.

"The rush to termination was nothing short of extraordinary", Bromwich said in an interview. "The Inspector General found not only did McCabe divulge sensitive information, he did it without the permission, authority, or knowledge of his supervisor".

McCabe's lawyer, former DOJ inspector general Michael R. Bromwich, ‏tweeted in response: "Thank you for providing even more material for the defamation suit we are actively considering filing against you and your colleagues".

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