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15 April 2018, 05:31 | Rufus Hill
Former FBI Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report
A report by the department's inspector general confirmed that investigators concluded McCabe had violated Justice Department policy by authorizing an aide to talk with the Wall Street Journal about the FBI's probe into the Clinton Foundation - and that McCabe had "lacked candor" in discussing the matter afterward inside the Justice Department.
McCabe responded at the time with a combative statement saying he was the target of a political attack by President Donald Trump and that he has knowledge of events that took place after Trump fired Comey in May.
The investigation focused on leaks to Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter Devlin Barrett, which resulted in an article published on October 30, 2016, and titled "FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe".
"No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes", the president said. Besides the two referenced above, one of which was undated, and one of which occurred May 9, 2017, McCabe also "lacked candor" on July 28, 2017, and November 29, 2017.
It was just last month when then FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was sacked just days before he was set to retire and collect his pension.
A lawyer for Mr McCabe, Michael Bromwich, said he is considering filing a defamation lawsuit against Mr Trump and his "colleagues".
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.
McCabe was sacked earlier on March 17 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just prior to his planned retirement, citing the former FBI official's role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State.
That's one of the damning revelations the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector Generalreleased in a Friday report.
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.
Release of the report comes at a moment when the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are under intense scrutiny from a president upset that agents this week raided the office of his personal lawyer. The report alleged that McCabe improperly authorized the release of information to a newspaper reporter and then misled investigators about it.
"President Trump will no doubt gloat about these findings and misuse them in his ongoing disinformation campaign", Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement Friday.
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