McCabe Lied: DOJ Inspector General Report Confirms Horrifying Truths

The American people were finally given the details behind the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe via a report from the Department of Justice inspector general.

The highly anticipated report was released on Friday. In the report, Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered his justification for firing McCabe days before the FBI official was set to retire with a full pension payout.

So what does the report say? McCabe authorized the release of investigative information and lied to cover it up.

On multiple occasions, the report says, McCabe was “lacking candor” and violated FBI policy when he shared information from an investigation to a reporter.

Per ABC News:

In October 2016, the Wall Street Journal published an article that questioned whether McCabe was hampering the federal probe of the Clinton Foundation.

Ahead of the story’s publication, McCabe authorized an FBI spokesman and FBI attorney to speak with the newspaper about the probe and his own efforts to keep it moving forward, including the contents of a phone call months earlier about the matter with a senior Justice Department official, the report released Friday said.

The day after the article’s publication, McCabe spoke face-to-face with Comey, who expressed concern about information contained in the news article, according to the inspector general’s report. According to what McCabe later told the internal investigator, he informed Comey that he had authorized the FBI spokesman and FBI attorney to disclose details about his previous phone call with a senior Justice Department official. Comey disputed that telling investigators he was “very concerned” that the article included “sensitive FBI information,” and that McCabe “definitely did not tell me that he authorized” the disclosure, according to the report.

Here’s more:

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The inspector general began investigating McCabe in August 2017, after the FBI’s Inspection Division told the inspector general’s office that the deputy director may have lacked candor when questioned about his role in disclosing sensitive information to a reporter.

In its report released Friday, the inspector general’s office said McCabe “lacked candor” in July 2017 when he told investigators – under oath – “that he was not aware of [the FBI attorney] having been authorized to speak to reporters around October 30,” and he “lacked candor” again four months later when he acknowledged authorizing the disclosure but “stated that he told Comey on October 31, 2016, that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ.”

Nevertheless, the inspector general also concluded that McCabe “lacked candor” in May 2017 when interviewed by officials from the FBI’s Inspection Division. He told them he had not authorized the disclosure to the Wall Street Journal and did not know who did, the report said.

Besides the lies to cover-up the shared information, according to the report, the initial release of information was in violation of FBI policy:

Beyond the accuracy of McCabe’s statements to investigators, the inspector general’s report released Friday also took sharp issue with McCabe’s move to authorize the media disclosure in the first place.

“[W]e concluded that McCabe’s decision to confirm the existence of the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior Department official in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception,” the report said.

“We therefore concluded that McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in this manner violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct.”

Representatives for McCabe contested the information in the report, calling it “false” and offered individual evidences to counter the claims of lying and violating FBI policy. They add that the information included in the report, “is based on a deeply flawed assessment of the evidence against Mr. McCabe.”

Read the full 39 page OIG report below:

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