Justice Department Watchdog Releases Damning Andrew McCabe Report

The DOJ Inspector General dropped its report (pdf.)(full embed at bottom of post) on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and it's a doozy.

The Justice Department inspector general delivered to Congress on Friday a highly critical report that accused Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director, of repeatedly misleading investigators.

The FBI let Clinton walk without recommending charges, even though Comey said she was "extremely careless" - a phrase he now says he regrets because it's similar to the legal standard of 'grossly negligent'.

McCabe, who was to turn 60 on the day of his retirement, has disputed the report, and issued a point-by-point rebuttal on Friday.

On Friday afternoon, after the inspector general report into McCabe's behavior became public, Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary told reporters, 'I haven't seen the full report, but sounds like two peas in a pod with McCabe and Comey'. 'No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!'

Mr McCabe has also said his dismissal was part of the Trump administration's "ongoing war" on the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and that he was singled out because of the "role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath" of Mr Comey's firing. The mandate of the review included whether former FBI Director James Comey's public disclosures about the investigation were appropriate, and whether McCabe should have recused himself because of an alleged conflict of interest.

The report also makes it clear McCabe did not act with Comey's approval.

One of the key points of the inspector general's findings was that Mr McCabe lacked "candour" in his discussions with the then-FBI director about his involvement in contacts with the Wall Street Journal.

The inspector general also concluded that McCabe initially had been untruthful about authorizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to engage the reporter.

The statement was in response to a Trump tweet that said McCabe "LIED!" Neither Barrett nor the Journal provided a comment to the Journal for its story on the report. The firing was followed by reports that McCabe kept personal memos detailing interactions with President Trump.

"Andy's 19 years of experience, combined with his vision, judgment and ability to communicate, make him a ideal fit for this job", Comey said in a statement at the time.

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.

Outgoing Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy says the report further backs McCabe's justified firing. To critics of the president, the allegations against McCabe and others in the FBI and Justice Department have seemed like attempts to discredit the agency as the special counsel investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign advances. McCabe told the official to "get his house in order".

  • Kyle Peterson