Andrew McCabe fired for misleading investigators, says watchdog report

Former FBI Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report

"The OIG also concluded that McCabe's disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI's and the Department's media policy and constituted misconduct".

McCabe authorized aides to discuss the investigation with reporter Devlin Barrett, according to the inspector general.

Mr. McCabe has disputed the report, and issued a point-by-point rebuttal Friday.

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.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted that Comey was "a proven LEAKER & LIAR", a "weak and untruthful slime ball" and "a bad director of the FBI".

"Americans deserve honesty from their government, especially from those who work to secure justice", he said. "Steps to hold itself accountable will go a long way in restoring faith in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department".

The report also found that on November 29, 2017, when questioned under oath by the IG, McCabe "contradicted his prior statements by acknowledging that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ".

In January, The Journal reported that McCabe knew of 1000's of emails related to the Clinton investigation for a minimum of a month sooner than Comey instructed Congress about them.

McCabe's problems stem from news coverage shortly before Election Day. The headline on the Times story calls the report "scathing". The political action committee for then-Virginia Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat and Clinton ally, donated $467,500 to her campaign, while the Virginia Democratic party gave $207,788, The Journal reported. "And yet two of the lack of candor allegations are based on Director Comey's admittedly vague and uncertain recollection of those discussions". The report alleges that McCabe improperly authorized the release of information to a newspaper reporter and then misled investigators about it.

In what would appear to be a direct contradiction of Trump's tweet, the report also suggests that McCabe misled Comey, not exactly something someone who is "controlled" would do. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on March 16.

Bromwich also said that McCabe has hired additional lawyers, including the firm of David Boies, the noted litigator, and is considering suing Trump and other officials for "wrongful termination, defamation, constitutional violations and more". Though the statement or suggestion was not under oath, it still got McCabe in trouble.

The Washington official had a similar experience with McCabe.

The McCabes have remained the focus of Republican ire.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders added her own condemnation of McCabe and Comey during the White House press briefing.

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