Scathing IG re­port faults for­mer FBI deputy di­rec­tor

Austin American-Statesman - - NATION & WORLD - Adam Gold­man and Ni­cholas Fan­dos ©2018 The New York Times

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

The in­spec­tor gen­eral said that when in­ves­ti­ga­tors asked whether he had in­structed aides to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion in Oc­to­ber 2016 to a re­porter with The Wall Street Jour­nal, McCabe said he did not au­tho­rize the dis­clo­sure and did not know who did.

But McCabe did ap­prove the FBI’s con­tact with the re­porter, ac­cord­ing to the re­view.

The news­pa­per ar­ti­cle delved into a dis­pute between FBI and Jus­tice De­part­ment of­fi­cials over how to pro­ceed in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fi­nan­cial deal­ings of the Clin­ton fam­ily’s foun­da­tion. It re­vealed a sen­si­tive meet­ing dur­ing which Jus­tice De­part­ment of­fi­cials de­clined to au­tho­rize sub­poe­nas or grand jury ac­tiv­ity.

The in­spec­tor gen­eral also con­cluded that McCabe’s dis­clo­sure of the ex­is­tence of the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the man­ner de­scribed in the re­port vi­o­lated me­dia pol­icy of the FBI and Jus­tice De­part­ment and con­sti­tuted mis­con­duct.

In a state­ment, McCabe said that he had full au­tho­riza­tion to share this in­for­ma­tion with the me­dia. McCabe also said that he did not in­ten­tion­ally mis­lead in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The re­port, writ­ten by the in­spec­tor gen­eral, Michael E. Horowitz, was de­liv­ered to Congress and was ex­pected to be re­leased pub­licly later in the day.

McCabe was fired in March af­ter At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions re­jected an ap­peal that would have let the 21-year FBI veteran re­tire just hours be­fore he was el­i­gi­ble for a full govern­ment pen­sion.

At the time, Ses­sions said McCabe had re­peat­edly shown a lack of can­dor un­der oath. McCabe, 50, dis­puted that, say­ing his fir­ing was meant to un­der­mine the spe­cial coun­sel in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing led by Robert Mueller, and to dis­credit him as a wit­ness.

The re­port’s re­lease, which had been an­tic­i­pated for months, comes days be­fore the re­lease of a mem­oir by James Comey, the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor who was fired by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last May. The book, “A Higher Loy­alty: Truth, Lies and Lead­er­ship,” is sched­uled to be re­leased Tues­day, but de­tails be­gan to trickle out Thurs­day night, in­clud­ing pointed crit­i­cisms of Trump.

In re­sponse, Trump un­leashed a tor­rent of crit­i­cism at Comey on Fri­day morn­ing, call­ing him an “un­truth­ful slime ball” and say­ing that the bureau’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server “will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of his­tory.”

An­drew McCabe, the for­mer FBI deputy di­rec­tor, is ac­cused of re­peat­edly mis­lead­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors in a re­port de­liv­ered to Congress on Fri­day by the Jus­tice De­part­ment

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