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Judicial Watch: The Wheels of Justice Have Caught Up With McCabe
20 April 2018, 12:48 | Bernice Figueroa
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The Justice Department inspector general has asked prosecutors in Washington, D.C., to examine whether former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should face criminal charges.
Spokesmen for the justice department and its inspector general's office declined to comment to Reuters, as did a spokeswoman for McCabe.
"We are confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the US Attorney's Office will conclude that it should decline to prosecute", Mr. Bromwich said in a statement.
Such a referral does not automatically mean charges will be filed, and it would be up to the U.S. attorney's office to evaluate the referral and decide whether to prosecute McCabe.
The report - which quickly became public, though it was not released by the inspector general - laid out in stunning detail allegations McCabe had deceived investigators about his role in approving the disclosure, even as he lashed out at others in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for leaks.
"The offender referral from your IG may be the appropriate decision". On Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein requested more time to fulfill the request, citing department rules regarding the handling of memos with classified information or pertaining to ongoing criminal investigations.
Comey told NPR earlier this week that McCabe "thinks he told me he had done it (authorized the disclosure of the call to the WSJ) after he had done it".
Mr. McCabe was sacked over the accusations last month, just days shy of his retirement.
However McCabe's authorized counsel, Michael Bromwich, has blasted the inspector normal report and has criticized Comey. He revealed previous year that he had written the memos after conversations with President Donald Trump, who later fired him. "I still believe Andrew McCabe is a good person but the inspector general found he lied".
"The McCabe scenario illustrates exactly what an organization committed to the truth looks like", Comey explained.
While Comey may not have intentionally launched the investigation gunning for McCabe, it was spurred by a desire to find who leaked to The Wall Street Journal in October 2016 about an FBI probe of the Clinton Foundation.
Comey said in an interview Thursday with CNN that he's "fine" with the Justice Department turning his memos over to Congress. Nonetheless, he said Tuesday on ABC's "The View" that he had ordered the investigation into McCabe. In fact, the report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with the Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication.
On Wednesday, practically a dozen Republican members of Congress despatched their very own prison referral to the Justice Division and FBI searching for an investigation of McCabe, together with Comey, ex-Lawyer Basic Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton and others.
Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox Information.
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