IG's Report on Andy McCabe, 'He lied', The Bureau Fired Him

Former FBI Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report

McCabe "lacked candor" when he talked with then-FBI Director James Comey, the IG report said, or "made statements that led Comey to believe, that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did".

The attorney, Michael R. Bromwich, himself a former Inspector General, said McCabe made the disclosures about the Clinton Foundation investigation with Comey's knowledge in order to protect the FBI's integrity against claims of political bias. The official cause of McCabe's dismissal was that he had improperly disclosed sensitive information to the news media in the fall of 2016, and then lied to other investigators about having done so.

McCabe's attorney disputed that conclusion.

Besides the inspector general review, multiple congressional committees have launched their own reviews of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Comey. The inspector general began its work on the report more than a year ago, and the report has always been anticipated in Washington.

McCabe, who is close to Comey, could be an important witness for Mueller, who is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, including his motivation for firing Comey in May 2017.

"Mr. McCabe's recollection of discussions he had with Director Comey about this issue is extremely clear; Director Comey's recollection is, by his own acknowledgment, not at all clear", Bromwich said.

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Melissa Schwartz, McCabe's spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter that the timing of the document being handed over to Congress Friday was "fascinating", then added, "But no report transmission to Mr. #McCabe and no public disclosure from the Office of the Inspector General".

It will also look at the early stages of the FBI's investigation into whether Trump or any of his associates helped Russian Federation interfere in the 2016 election. We therefore concluded that McCabe's disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in this manner violated the FBI's and the Department's media policy and constituted misconduct. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. During that interview, McCabe again said he didn't authorize the disclosure and didn't know who did.

Republican critics have already seized on revelations that two FBI officials who worked on the Russian Federation investigation, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, exchanged text messages that were sharply critical of Trump.

That investigation is also expected to address the actions of Comey, whose upcoming book is already making waves and prompted Trump to call Comey a "weak and untruthful slime ball" in a tweet. Though the statement or suggestion was not under oath, it still got McCabe in trouble. But she also disclosed that the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton family charity, was under investigation.

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

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