The Justice Department’s Inspector General released a scathing report to Congressional leaders Friday; slamming former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe for repeatedly “misleading investigators.”
According to the New York Times, McCabe allegedly “lied” to DOJ officials when asked whether he had ordered subordinates to purposely leak classified information to the press ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
“The inspector general also concluded that Mr. McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of the ongoing investigation in the manner described in the report violated media policy of the F.B.I. and Justice Department and constituted misconduct,” writes the Times.
The Trump administration suddenly fired McCabe weeks ago, just days before he was set to retire and receive his pension.
McCabe has since crowd-sourced his legal campaign against the White House on the internet; raising over $500,000 for his courtroom battle with the Department of Justice.
ADAM’S ADMISSION: Schiff ADMITS McCabe’s FIRING ‘May Be Justified’
Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff acknowledged Sunday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to suddenly fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “may be justified,” seconds before calling the move “tainted.”
Schiff was speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos when he was asked to comment on Sessions’ abrupt removal of the senior FBI official just days before he was due to retire.
“On Andrew McCabe, does the fact that the Inspector General did find that he lacked candor in some of his responses, and that his firing was recommended by career FBI officials. Does that suggest that his firing was or may be justified?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“His firing may be justified, there’s no way for us to know at this point,” admitted Schiff. “Even though it may have been justified, it can also be tainted.”
“I think the President badgering his Attorney General, his urging that he be fired before his pension could vest, and the fact that McCabe and every other Comey associates […] every one of them has been targeted by the administration,” he added.
Watch Schiff’s admission above.
FBI DIRECTOR: Andrew McCabe Was Fired ‘BY THE BOOK’ for Violating Procedures
The Director of the FBI Christopher Wray pushed back Wednesday against recent accusations that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired over political partisanship, saying he runs the bureau “by the book” and free of “politics.”
Wray was speaking with NBC News when he was asked to respond to accusations President Trump pressured the director to remove McCabe because of his relationship to the Democratic party; saying his agency is completely “independent.”
“It’s been reported that you threatened to resign over being urged to fire people. Is that correct?” asked the NBC News reporter.
“I have been very clear from the minute I was nominated to the minute I walked in the door to countless opportunities since then, that I am unwaveringly committed to doing this job by the book, independently, following our rules, our processes free from political partisanship,” fired-back Wray.
Watch the FBI Director’s comments below: