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Justice Department IG: Andrew McCabe "Lacked Candor"

14 April 2018

In addition to addressing whether McCabe lacked candor, the OIG's misconduct investigation addressed whether any FBI or Department of Justice policies were violated in disclosing non-public FBI information to the WSJ.

Apparently ignoring the finding that McCabe misled Comey, Trump said "McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!"

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

The report claims that even if McCabe had been forthright about his actions, his disclosure still would have violated the FBI's media policy.

The inspector general also concluded that McCabe didn't inform then-FBI Director James Comey that he had authorized disclosure of the information to a Wall Street Journal reporter.

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Then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Capitol Hill in May 11, 2017.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also likened Messers McCabe to Comey, calling them "2 peas in a pod" at Friday's press briefing with reporters.

In a detailed rebuttal to the report, McCabe said he had made Comey aware of what he was doing, and that the report showed that Comey's recollection of their conversation was "fragmentary" and his statements about it "equivocal".

Friday's report said it is now up to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take "such action that it deems to be appropriate". "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"

The report was released as advance copies of Comey's new memoir were obtained by the press.

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Trump had accused McCabe of bias, and the president's critics said McCabe was sacked from the FBI as part of a Republican effort to discredit a federal investigation into purported ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

McCabe was "ticked about leaks" in the Journal article, The New York official told the office of the inspector general. "House Republicans will nearly certainly try to use this report to fuel their efforts to distract from the abuses of power by this Administration and to undermine the Department of Justice".

But Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the rush to fire McCabe "casts a tremendous shadow over the integrity of the process". The official said McCabe was "angry".

The report on McCabe is part of a larger investigation from Horowitz into the FBI's handling of the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.

The tweets came ahead of the release of Comey's memoir on Tuesday, which recounts his suspicious interactions with Trump and paints a deeply unflattering portrait of the president. McCabe told the official to "get his house in order". But she also disclosed that the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton family charity, was under investigation. Comey wanted him off the call out of an "abundance of caution" because of "appearance issues" following a Wall Street Journal article about political donations to his wife from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an ally of Clinton.

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