Former FBI Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report

Former FBI Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report

Former FBI Deputy Director Is Faulted in Scathing Inspector General Report

Donald Trump has seen the inspector general report issued by the Department of Justice in regards to former FBI Deputy Director #Andrew Mccabe allegedly lying about leaking confidential information to the media.

McCabe was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, at the recommendation of Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, ahead of the expected report.

The report, first published by The New York Times, asserts that McCabe misled the DOJ watchdog and former FBI Director James Comey about the leak authorizations.

On Friday the IG's office was expected to hand down two reports: an overarching Russian Federation report and a smaller report just on McCabe.

The report claims Mr McCabe "lacked candour" in conversations about leaking information to United States media.

The report claims that even if McCabe had been forthright about his actions, his disclosure still would have violated the FBI's media policy. He said he was authorized to share the information with reporters and had not intentionally misled anyone.

Trump's Twitter tirade against McCabe came on the heels of another attack on Comey, whose upcoming tell-all memoir has enraged the President.

McCabe said he was authorized, as deputy director, to disclose information about the August 2016 call.

McCabe was sacked just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he misled investigators reviewing the bureau's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server. And McCabe misled other investigators in a similar fashion.

"President Trump will no doubt gloat about these findings and misuse them in his ongoing disinformation campaign", he continued, asserting that House Republicans "will nearly certainly try to use this report to fuel their efforts to distract from the abuses of power by this Administration and to undermine the Department of Justice". "And the rush to fire him, at the goading of the president, was unworthy of the great traditions of the Department of Justice", McCabe's counsel said in the statement on Friday. His lawyer says the inspector general unfairly tried to conclude its work before McCabe could retire.

McCabe, who is close to Comey, could be an important witness for Mueller, who is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, including his motivation for firing Comey in May 2017. To support this, McCabe has noted that the inspector general's investigation into him was accelerated after he told congressional investigators that he could corroborate Comey's accounts of his conversations with Trump.

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