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IG findings: McCabe lied about media contacts

Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe

The Department of Justice’s Inspector General Friday released a report on its investigation into fired deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who made headlines with several questionable incidents, concluding he lied about media contacts.

“As detailed in this report, the OIG found that then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the WSJ, and that this conducted violated FBI Offense Codes 2.5 and 2.6. The OIG also concluded that McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct.”

McCabe probably was best known for his misbehavior regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. His wife was taking hundreds of thousands of dollars for her political campaign from friends of Hillary Clinton at the same time McCabe allegedly was investigation her email offenses.

The IG reported it was text messages that led the investigation into details of a Wall Street Journal article to McCabe.

“We found that in late October 2016, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD-OPA to discuss with [the reporter] issues related to the FBI’s Clinton Foundation Investigation. … In particular, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD-OPA to disclose to [the reporter] the contents of a telephone call that had occurred on August 23, 2016, between McCabe and the then-Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General … Among the purposes of the disclosure was to rebut a narrative that had been developing following a story in the WSJ on October 23, 2016, that questioned McCabe’s impartiality in overseeing FBI investigations involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and claimed that McCabe had ordered the termination of the CF Investigation due to Department of Justice pressure.”

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

The report continued, “We also found that on May 9, 2017, when questioned under oath by FBI agents from INSD, McCabe lacked candor when he told the agents that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ and did not know who did. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).

“We further found that on July 28, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview, McCabe lacked candor when he stated: (a) that he was not aware of Special Counsel having been authorized to speak to reporters around October 30 and (b) that, because he was not in Washington, D.C., on  October 27 and 28, 2016, he was unable to say where Special Counsel was or what she was doing at that time. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).”

The accusations just continued:

“”We additionally found that on November 29, 2017, when questioned under oath by the OIG in a recorded interview during which he contradicted his prior statements by acknowledging that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ, McCabe lacked candor when he: (a) stated that he told Comey on October 31, 2016, that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ; (b) denied telling INSD agents on May 9 that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ about the PADAG call; and (c) asserted that INSD’s questioning of him on May 9 about the October 30 WSJ article occurred at the end of an unrelated meeting when one of the INSD agents pulled him aside and asked him one or two questions about the article. This conduct violated FBI Offense Code 2.6 (Lack of Candor – Under Oath).”

McCabe was fired a few weeks ago by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The IG stated, “The OIG is issuing this report to the FBI for such action that it deems to be appropriate.”

Sessions fired McCabe on March 16, just two days before he would have been able to collect his full federal pension, reports said. He had stepped down from his post in January, but still was being paid by taxpayers for accumulated time off.

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