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Today, the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) referred former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, with a recommendation that he should be criminally prosecuted for causing sensitive law enforcement information to be leaked to the Wall Street Journal and then repeatedly telling lies to investigators and former FBI Director James Comey about having done so. The OIG’s previous report detailed how McCabe authorized an anonymous leak calculated to make it appear that he had resisted pressure by Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department to close down the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 presidential election campaign and then proceeded to cover his tracks with lies.
The report stated that, three times under oath, McCabe “lacked candor” (i.e., lied). The OIG also concluded that McCabe had lied to Comey when he denied any responsibility for the leak, and then lied to investigators when he claimed that he had kept Comey fully informed about his dealings with the Journal.
Yesterday - Comey - ABC - View - Book
Yesterday, Comey appeared on ABC’s The View to promote his new book, A Higher Loyalty. When asked by host Megan McCain how he thought the public was supposed to have confidence in the FBI amid revelations that McCabe lied about the leak, Comey replied, “The inspector general found that he lied, and there are severe consequences in the Justice Department for lying as there should be throughout the government.” Comey added that McCabe’s situation highlighted the degree to which the FBI was devoted to holding those in power accountable.
Last evening, McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, hit back by publishing a statement arguing that both Comey and the OIG’s report mischaracterized the extent to which his client had kept Comey apprised of his interactions with the Journal.
Statement - Bromwich - Report
In his statement, Bromwich said that “the report fails to adequately address...
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