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Justice Department Reports Andrew McCabe Fired Because He 'Lacked Candor'
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13 Apr 2018 06:33 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Andrew McCabe (Image Source: Public Domain)

 

The Justice Department has had a busy day. While they defended their raid on Michael Cohen's home and office in court today, they also released a report explaining why former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired. They feel he "lacked candor" on multiple occasions.

McCabe's dismissal is something that has been much discussed the past few months. He was fired just hours before his scheduled retirement in March, though he'd already stepped down in January. Many found it cruel. Jeff Sessions had said at the time it was because he had released certain unauthorized information to the media.

His wife recently commented on it as well in an op-ed. She felt it was political, as she had run for a Virginia state office with Democratic funding yet lost. She felt he was fired because of many, including Donald Trump, believing that there was some connection between her campaign funding, her husband, and Hillary Clinton's emails.

McCabe himself feels it's more of an attack on the FBI. "This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally," he said last month.

Instead, the Justice Department is pointing to four times when Andrew McCabe discussed the disclosure of information for an article in the Wall Street Journal regarding the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation.

The inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has determined that McCabe wasn't authorized to speak of the investigation as it was not within the department's "public interest" exception that applies to ongoing investigations. Horowitz believes the statements were made "in a manner designed to advance [McCabe's] personal interests at the expense of department leadership."

These instances that are being cited were conversations with federal investigators as well as James Comey in October 2016.  The report claims McCabe intentionally misled internal FBI and inspector general investigators regarding whether he had authorized the disclosure of an August 2016 phone conversation about the FBI"s Clinton Foundation investigation to The Wall Street Journal.

In October he told Comey he had authorized a discussion of the conversation, yet Comey has testified that he doesn't remember being informed. The report has concluded that evidence supports Comey's version of events.

The report details that Comey asked McCabe to "drop off" a call regarding the Clinton emails, and this was one day before he announced he was reopening the investigation. 

McCabe wasn't happy about this, but Comey wanted him off the call out of caution because of "appearance issues" after the donations to Jill McCabe's campaign had already been called into question. A few days later McCabe recused himself.

It's a very, very murky situation. The inspector general feels the dismissal of McCabe was just after he disclosed sensitive information. If that was where the discussion was left, it would indeed be just.

But because of the additional connections getting in the way, such as his wife's campaign contributions, it makes the whole situation much more difficult to decide.  

And of course, Trump's tweets on the matter just make the situation that much more tenuous as he seems to be using the situation to further discredit Comey with regards to the Russia investigation and his upcoming book.

After the report was released, he tweeted, "DOJ just issued the McCabe report - which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"

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