DOJ Inspector General Releases Report Finding That Andrew McCabe 'Lacked Candor'

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We determined that as Deputy Director, McCabe was authorized to disclose the existence of the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation publicly if such a disclosure fell within the "public interest" exception in applicable FBI and DOJ policies generally prohibiting such a disclosure of an ongoing investigation.

But the report concludes McCabe's decision to leak to the media was "designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership". It also says McCabe lacked candor when he led former FBI Director James Comey to believe he hadn't authorized the media disclosure.

McCabe, who was sacked a day short of being eligible to receive his full pension, has loudly complained that his dismissal was unwarranted and politically motivated. Neither Barrett nor the Journal provided a comment to the Journal for its story on the report.

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in Washington, U.S., June 7, 2017.

On Friday, Trump - who has publicly lambasted McCabe for both his role in the Clinton probe and the FBI's Russian Federation investigation - called the report a "total disaster" and accused McCabe of being "totally controlled" by former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May. "He LIED! LIED! LIED!"

In a Friday statement, McCabe's attorney Michael Bromwich disputed the inspector general's findings, saying that the rush to fire McCabe was "unprecedented, unseemly, and cruel". Trump said in his post. The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired for "lack of candor" during interviews about the leak authorizations.

Trump says that McCabe was biased in the former secretary of state's favor because his wife ran for office as a Democrat and took money from a PAC connected to Clinton. McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!

The Introduction and Summary of the Inspector General's report on the McCabe Firing is below and the complete report in PDF format can be read by clicking on the cover photo below.

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McCabe responded to the firing by charging it was part of a larger effort from the Trump administration to discredit the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Andrew McCabe has always been under fire, specifically by Republicans who have voiced conflict-of-interest complaints over McCabe's ties to the Democratic Party. The inspector general began its work on the report more than a year ago, and the report has always been anticipated in Washington.

"The termination of Mr. McCabe was completely unjustified". He has also said he did not lie to the inspector general's office about the media disclosures.

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy said in a statement that "this report continues to call into question decisions made by Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership in 2016 and 2017".

In a detailed rebuttal to the report, McCabe said he had made Comey aware of what he was doing, and that the report showed that Comey's recollection of their conversation was "fragmentary" and his statements about it "equivocal".

In a conversation with Trump when he was president elect, Comey says that the president suggested that he investigate and speak out against it.

While the report is mostly focused on the disclosures in the Clinton Foundation investigation, it also sheds more light on his recusal in both the Clinton Foundation and Clinton email investigations.