Justice Department releases searing report alleging misconduct by Andrew McCabe

Justice Department releases searing report alleging misconduct by Andrew McCabe

Justice Department releases searing report alleging misconduct by Andrew McCabe

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe wasn't truthful with investigators, according to a Justice Department report into his conduct during the election.

The report states that McCabe lacked candor when he told or led then-FBI Director James Comey to believe that he didn't authorize the disclosure and didn't know who did.

The inspector general report concludes that Mr McCabe allowed FBI officials to speak to a Wall Street Journal reporter for a story about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, violating agency rules, and then misled FBI officials when questioned about it.

But the report concludes McCabe's decision to leak to the media was "designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership".

In addition, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose the existence of the investigation because it was not within the department's "public interest" exception for disclosing ongoing investigations.

He was sacked last month one day before he was due to receive his pension because of his "lack of candor" when speaking to investigators.

The report, part of an inspector general examination of the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigations during the 2016 campaign, was sent to Congress on Friday - in the middle of a rush of media coverage of Comey's book detailing his actions during the investigation and conflicts with President Trump. He further said the findings that McCabe made false statements to investigators "are more properly understood as the result of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and honest failures of recollection". The report also found that McCabe lied to Comey about who leaked information to the press.

McCabe, who was sacked a day short of being eligible to receive his full pension, has loudly complained that his dismissal was unwarranted and politically motivated.

Have a terrific weekend. "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!" the president wrote on Friday afternoon.

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.

A lawyer for fired Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe said on Friday he was considering filing a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump and his "colleagues". McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!

Trump tweeted about McCabe after the report's release.

"McCabe had no motive to lie or mislead about media contacts he had the authority to direct", Bromwich said in an emailed statement.

Trump and Cohen's attorneys went to court Friday to try and block officials from accessing information that they claimed was protected by attorney-client privilege, The New York Times reports.

McCabe responded to the firing by charging it was part of a larger effort from the Trump administration to discredit the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Mueller removed Strzok from the Russian Federation inquiry after the texts were discovered, and Page had already left his team.

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