DOJ Report: Andrew McCabe Lacked Candor Several Times, Even Under Oath

Kelvin Reese
April 14, 2018

The report, first published by The New York Times, asserts that McCabe misled the DOJ watchdog and former FBI Director James Comey about the leak authorizations.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed him last month two days before his scheduled retirement for what he described as a lack of candor.

Trump commented on the report on Friday afternoon.

McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!' Trump tweeted. "He LIED! LIED! LIED!"

Comey said he told McCabe he was upset about the story, which he thought improperly confirmed the investigation and was likely to increase friction between the Justice Department and FBI.

McCabe has disputed that assessment and issued a point-by-point rebuttal on Friday. "And yet two of the lack of candor allegations are based on Director Comey's admittedly vague and uncertain recollection of those discussions".

McCabe was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, two days before his scheduled retirement.

McCabe then authorized 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.

In a blistering statement in March, McCabe framed his firing as being "part of this administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation".

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Democrats have emphasized that McCabe's dismissal has nothing to do with the special counsel's investigation into Trump and Russian Federation, while raising questions about the firing.

Separately, the inspector general sent a letter to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee saying that the full report is expected to be issued in May. The political action committee for then-Virginia Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat and Clinton ally, donated $467,500 to her campaign, while the Virginia Democratic party gave $207,788, The Journal reported.

McCabe called the Washington official and "admonished him regarding leaks in the article", the official said.

"The termination of Mr. McCabe was completely unjustified".

"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.

The IG report also presents additional evidence that the Obama DOJ sought to shut down FBI investigation of Clinton Foundation. But she also disclosed that the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton family charity, was under investigation.

The scathing report comes less than a month after Sessions terminated McCabe, just days before he was set to retire from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

McCabe was "very unhappy" about being forced off the call, according to the report.

McCabe contacted the NY official again on November 4 following the publication of another Wall Street Journal article that referred to the information McCabe had leaked.

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