Andrew McCabe’s mishandling of a Clinton-related investigation could finally be the former spook’s downfall, according to the latest news in the case against him.
McCabe, one the top man at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was found to have mishandled an inquiry into a leak involving The Clinton Foundation – an organization under intense scrutiny for its ties to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was likely using the group in a complex “pay to play” scam involving the State Department itself.
Now, after several appeals, McCabe is set to face the music.
McCabe — the former deputy and acting director of the FBI — appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but he rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The potential charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against him regarding misleading statements concerning a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.
To sat that the DOJ’s rejection was “unceremonious” would be an understatement.
A source close to McCabe’s legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, “The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”
So what got the ball rolling in the first place?
The IG report faulted McCabe for leaking information to then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett for an Oct. 30, 2016 story titled “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.” The story — written just days before the presidential election – focused on the FBI announcing the reopening of the Clinton investigation after finding thousands of her emails on a laptop belonging to former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was married to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The Journal’s account of the call said a senior Justice Department official expressed displeasure to McCabe that FBI agents were still looking into the Clinton Foundation, and that McCabe had defended the agent’s authority to pursue the issue.
That leak confirmed the existence of the probe, the report said, which Comey had up to that point refused to do.
The report said that McCabe “lacked candor” in a conversation with Comey when he said he had not authorized the disclosure and didn’t know who had done so. The IG also found that he lacked candor when questioned by FBI agents on multiple occasions since that conversation.
McCabe had recently been hired as a political commentator for CNN, who have failed to issue a statement regarding these developments as of this writing.
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