Justice Department Watchdog: McCabe Misled Investigators

FBI formally names McCabe's replacement

It was just last month when then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was sacked just days before he was set to retire and collect his pension.

Responding to the inspector general's report, McCabe said he believed repeated calls by President Donald Trump to fire him had prompted a rush to judgment and an unfair probe into his conduct. 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, who has argued he was being singled out because he was a witness into whether Trump tried to obstruct the federal probe, said in a statement on Friday he was authorized to share that information with reporters and had not intentionally misled anyone.

The Justice Department watchdog says fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe misled investigators over his role in a news media disclosure.

Sessions said that McCabe "made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions".

According to the report, the reporter told FBI officials he had heard that McCabe had given an order to "stand down" on the investigation ahead of the 2016 presidential election, which was days away.

McCabe has disputed that assessment and issued a point-by-point rebuttal on Friday. Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, called the president "unethical, and untethered to the truth", according to excerpts from the book.

McCabe said he was authorized, as deputy director, to disclose information about the August 2016 call.

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. His lawyer says the inspector general unfairly tried to conclude its work before McCabe could retire. 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 official rationale for the termination of McCabe from the Justice Department was that McCabe misled IG's investigators probing the FBI's handling of the Clinton email inquiry. It was Mr McCabe's word against Mr Comey's, and the inspector general sided with the latter.

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