Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe unveiled his plans Friday to sue the Trump administration for “defamation” and wrongful termination reports the Hill.
McCabe’s attorney Michael Bromwich also informed members of the media that his client may also pursue “civil claims” over his abrupt removal from the bureau after a scathing report from the DOJ found him guilty of leaking material to the press.
“We’ll file when we’re ready,” Bromwich told reporters.
Just last week Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his full report on McCabe’s actions; blasting the former bureau boss for intentionally releasing classified information to the media regarding Hillary Clinton’s botched email investigation.
Andrew McCabe took to the internet shortly after his firing; raising over $500,000 to help his looming legal fight against the Trump administration.
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McCABE'S MESS: DOJ Submits ‘CRIMINAL REFERRAL’ to US Attorney's Office
The Inspector General of the Department of Justice sent a “criminal referral” to the US attorney’s office regarding former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s violation of the law when he misled federal investigators.
According to the Washington Post, the complaint states the former bureau boss “repeatedly misled” authorities when questioned over his role in Hillary Clinton’s botched email probe and other issues.
“The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter,” writes the Post.
The criminal complaint comes just hours after GOP members of Congress sent their own “referral” to the Justice Department surrounding former Obama aides and their role in using the ‘Trump Dossier’ to obtain FISA warrants.
Read the full story here.
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.