Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Long awaited IG report says McCabe fired for leaking, lying under oath

Long awaited IG report says McCabe fired for leaking, lying under oath

Trump was reacting to the Department of Justice's release of its report from the inspector general, saying McCabe "lacked candor" and misled investigators.

But Mr. McCabe did approve the F.B.I.'s contact with the reporter, according to the review.

He said that when he believed his answers to the inspector general were misunderstood, he returned and tried to correct them.

McCabe's lawyer, Michal R. Bromwich, responded to Trump's tweet Friday, saying that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy is "actively considering" filing a defamation lawsuit against the president and others.

On Friday, President Trump lumped McCabe in with Comey, whom he has been dueling in a war of words ahead of the publication of Comey's book.

Trump had accused McCabe of bias, and the president's critics said McCabe was sacked from the FBI as part of a Republican effort to discredit a federal investigation into purported ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign. During that interview, McCabe again said he didn't authorize the disclosure and didn't know who did.

The OIG determined that McCabe was, indeed, "authorized to disclose the existence of the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation publicly if such a disclosure fell within the "public interest" exception in applicable FBI and DOJ policies generally prohibiting such a disclosure of an ongoing investigation". The report also found that McCabe lied to Comey about who leaked information to the press.

The report is sure to give additional fodder for President Donald Trump's public attacks on McCabe.

Ending the tweet with a flourish, the president stated that there was no collusion and that it was "all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"

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Gardner noted that Trump had stated during his campaign that he had supported states' rights to decide how to approach marijuana. The New York Daily News reported Friday that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump made his phone call.

Mr. McCabe's lawyer also said that the Inspector General unfairly tried to conclude its work before Mr. McCabe could retire.

"Thank you for providing even more material for the defamation suit we are actively considering filing against you and your colleagues".

Read the full report below.

DOJ inspector General Michael Horowitz has released a scathing report detailing multiple lies, the majority under oath, told by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe before he was sacked. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions dismissed him March 16 for what he described as a lack of candour.

"Sounds like two peas in a pod with McCabe and Comey", she said in reaction to the news.

Democrats have emphasized that McCabe's dismissal has nothing to do with the special counsel's investigation into Trump and Russian Federation, while raising questions about the firing.

Yet the report makes clear that the McCabe and Comey were at odds over how the conversations with the reporter unfolded, and exactly how it had been approved.

The recent report probed the leak of the details about FBI's investigation in the incident related to the Clinton Foundation.

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