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Report: DOJ IG to Accuse McCabe of Misleading Investigators, Approving Media Leaks

Report: DOJ IG to Accuse McCabe of Misleading Investigators, Approving Media Leaks

No wonder he stepped down in January.

The Washington Post reports that the Department of Justice inspector general has started to prepare a report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that accuses him of misleading inspectors and approving media leaks.

From The Washington Post:

The report is a part of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s broad review of the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

During that work, inspector general’s investigators found that McCabe had authorized the disclosure of information to the Wall Street Journal for an October 2016 story that examined feuding inside the FBI and Justice Department around the handling of a separate investigation into Clinton’s family foundation, two people familiar with the case said.

Those probing the matter believe that McCabe, who stepped down in January, misled them when they initially inquired about the subject, though one person familiar with the forthcoming report said McCabe disputes that he intentionally misled investigators.

The New York Times provided the leaked story:

In October 2016, The Wall Street Journal revealed a dispute between F.B.I. and Justice Department officials over how to proceed in an investigation into the financial dealings of the Clinton family’s foundation. The article revealed a closed-door meeting during which senior Justice Department officials were dismissive of the evidence and declined to authorize subpoenas or grand jury activity. Some F.B.I. agents, the article said, believed that Mr. McCabe had put the brakes on the investigation.

Others rejected that notion. The Journal, citing sources including “one person close to Mr. McCabe,” revealed a tense conversation with a senior Justice Department official in which Mr. McCabe insisted that the F.B.I. had the authority to press ahead with the investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

The four people who spoke to the Times said that the IG “concluded that Mr. McCabe authorized F.B.I. officials to provide information for the article.” They also said that the public affairs office arranged the phone call and in his position, McCabe had authority to engage with the media. As you can tell, the story made McCabe look good while portraying the DOJ in a less than positive light.

Even though McCabe had the authority, the DOJ has rules that “prohibit the dissemination of confidential information.” More than likely the IG report will criticize McCabe “for disclosing the existence of a continuing investigation” to the WSJ.

When the DOJ learns these rules have been violated, the IG hands the matter to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

WSJ published the story a few days before the FBI reopened its investigation into Hillary’s email investigation after investigators found emails stored on a shared laptop with her top aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner. They seized the laptop while investigating Weiner for sexting with an underage girl.

The Times and WaPo did not expand on how McCabe misled investigators. I wonder if he’ll face scrutiny and an investigation like former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

This report may help explain why McCabe stepped down in January.

Back in January, Kemberlee blogged about a report that suggested the IG report had something to do with McCabe’s resignation. The IG did brief FBI Director Christopher Wray, who then met with McCabe right after. Wray then sent out an email to all FBI employees that stated McCabe’s early retirement related to the IG report. From NBC News:

“Wray alluded to having seen aspects of the IG’s report into the way the FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server,” reported NBC News.

“It would be inappropriate for me to comment on specific aspects of the IG’s review right now,” Wray said in the message. “But I can assure you that I remain staunchly committed to doing this job, in every respect, ‘by the book.’ I will not be swayed by political or other pressure in my decision making.”

In the very next paragraph, Wray explained that McCabe had submitted his intention to retire, suggesting a connection between the findings of the IG report and McCabe’s decision.

Media outlets predict Trump will use the IG report as ammunition to up his attacks on intelligence leaks and McCabe. I have no doubt he will.

The IG plans to release the full report in March or April.


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David Breznick | March 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

P.O.S. thought he was Mark Felt.

“I wonder if he’ll face scrutiny and an investigation like former national security advisor Michael Flynn.”

Of course not. He’ll receive the Lois LernerDougShulmanLorrettaLynch
SamanthaPowers free pass with full retirement bennies because crimes commited up high enough will be ignored.

    You are probably right, but at this point, I’d be happy just to see the screen door hit them on the way out. They came so close to operating with complete impunity. It’s hard to imagine what they might have been willing to do.

    neanderthal in reply to locomotivebreath1901. | March 2, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    McCabe’s 30 years or so in the FBI will probably shelter him from most consequences. It’s already allowed him to just take early retirement.

      Yes, but he’s not officially retired yet. It happens sometime in March, I think they said mid-march. I don’t know how it works. It might be if he is indicted (or??) before he “retires” that he could lose his benefits. That could be why Trump tweeted about him racing the clock.

    Re the ‘free passes:’ talk to Mr. Magoo Sessions.

      Mr. Magoo Sessions’s failures, intentional or not:

        Okay, Fine, what is your beef with Sessions? Seriously, you bash him at every chance, and I truly don’t get it. He’s a life-long conservative and about as ethical as they come. We conservatives who ended up voting for Trump like Sessions. We like him a lot. And this constant bashing of him is not only unnecessary but incomprehensible. So explain. If you have nothing more than “he’s not directing the DOJ to act as Trump’s personal legal defense team,” then please just stop. That is not the role of either the Attorney General or the DOJ, and for that, you can be truly thankful. If you have something more than that, then share it because I must have missed it along the way and would like to assess it myself.

          I used to like Sessions quite a bit.

          But as a chief law enforcement officer – like any licensed attorney – Sessions is faced with a conflict which prevents him from doing his work as the attorney general.

          He is faced with the most outrageous corruption + and treason –
          ever to infest our government, and he recuses himself from it all.

          While a kangaroo courts and partisan hacks like mueller run roughshod over a duly elected president and his staff, hillary klinton’s incredible crimes go unpunished. So do obama’s. So do John Kerry’s. So do Wasserman Schultz’s.

          It’s insane. Not is Session’s fecklessness in the face of such democrat corruption and treason effectively reward it, it creates the perception Sessions has been compromised.

          How does George Soros get away with sedition while Sessions is attorney general?

          Like any officer of the court faced wit such a conflict, Sessions should have stepped aside.

          For example:

          Even if Sessions does eventually order investigations into democrat/leftist corruption and treason, it will be too little, too late: the scam of the ‘Russian’ involvement in the election is already cemented in the minds of democrat useful idiots who heard no push back to it, other than denials. Now, it’s come out that democrats were behind it all. Still, nothing from the justice department.

          The mayor of Oakland sabotages ICE cops, and the best Sessions does is…nothing. Sure, he doesn’t want to make a leftist hero out of her, but nonetheless, she goes unpunished and is a leftist hero anyway.

          Sessions is the the DOJ what boehener was a Squeaker of the House. (And if anyone doesn’t think a corrupt little weasel like boehner wasn’t being extorted, I have a bridge to sell you.)

          Bottom line: Sessions is the old GOP, still afraid of the media. We’ve seen how that works, which is why we elected Trump.

          We saw the damage a corrupt leftist AG can do (Holder), and that damage needs to be undone. With obama hacks STILL infesting the leadership of Justice and the FBI, Session’s tenure is a bad joke.

          Do you have an answer to this?

          The attorney general should be a top-cop, not a retired senator with no will to

          “Colonel Travis:
          I’m fairly confident nothing of consequence will happen, as usual. Not 100% confident. About 98% confident.

          Rules for thee
          Not for me
          That’s how they roll
          In the swamp called DC”

          This lies in Session’s hands.

          regulus arcturus in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 2, 2018 at 11:09 pm

          Fuzzy, we all love you but

          He’s a life-long conservative and about as ethical as they come.

          is not a defense of AG Sessions given current evidence.

          Sessions is either 1) secretly conspiring with IG Horowitz in the DOJ/FBI sanitation effort, or 2) snoozing.

          Hopefully option 1, but Fine is mostly correct in his/her/xer/eruh evauation.

          More, on why Sessions has failed us miserably:

          “Turnover, investigations have Trump administration adrift:”

          Leftist stories like the above only exist because historical corruption and treason committed by almost every official who worked for obama (including obama) gets swept under the rug.

          By his inaction – and it isn’t incompetence – Sessions is doing the sweeping.

          Sessions is a swamp creature first, and an American second.


          “The coup attempt against President Trump is rapidly collapsing, but the deep state is still in cover-up mode…Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton discussed the FBI’s continuing protection of former Director James Comey.”

          How this can happen while Sessions is AG? It couldn’t – unless Sessions saw to it.

As I’ve said before, it’s never a good sign when the boss shows up at your office and says, “I just visited with the Inspector General, and I brought some boxes to help you pack.”

Looks like Obama’s DoJ obstructed the FBI from investigating Weiner’s laptop emails, and McCabe leaked that to WSJ in a bid to overcome the obstruction and enable FBI to resume the investigation. Assuming this accounting is legit.

    neanderthal in reply to NZ Willy. | March 2, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Since he features in the IG report, it’s more likely he leaked the report to make himself look good, and ensure he didn’t take the blame for his part in the Hillary sham investigation. Basic CYA.

    elle in reply to NZ Willy. | March 2, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    McCabe leaked that to WSJ in a bid to overcome the [Weiner] obstruction

    At this point, I’ve become so cynical that if that information turned out to be true, I’d just suspect he was giving a heads up to those who might be caught up in the investigation.

neanderthal | March 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm

I have to say, I still think the IG report contains more damning information than this. This may be an attempt to minimize McCabe’s involvement before the actual IG report comes out.

I guess we’ll know more when the actual report is released.

inspectorudy | March 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm

The thing to remember is that the IG has no prosecutorial power. All he can do is present his findings and it will then be up to the DoJ and, God forbid, the FBI! Another thing to consider is that if obama’s DoJ was this bad under Lynch imagine what they will find under Holder!

Colonel Travis | March 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm

I’m fairly confident nothing of consequence will happen, as usual. Not 100% confident. About 98% confident.

Rules for thee
Not for me
That’s how they roll
In the swamp called DC

Do like they would do for the rest of us. Charge him and let him cut a deal if he testifies on bigger fish.
Otherwise take his pension and let him face the music.

G. de La Hoya | March 2, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Seeing photographs of McCabe, I am overwhelmed by recollections of “Classy” Freddie Blassie’s song Pencil Neck Geek:

‘One person close to McCabe’, who is TOTALLY NOT named Strzok, assured the press that McCabe was super impartial and awesome at his job.

Seriously at this point I don’t even know how they can print this crap. McCabe sat on the Weiner laptop for over a month without even attempting to get a warrant for it, and if the NY field office hadn’t threatened to publicly go to the press he never would have gotten a warrant at all.

regulus arcturus | March 2, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Priestap is cooperating.

The whole conspiracy is collapsing, including on Comey, who needs to go to prison a lot.

The next time some Leftist twit talks about the FBI being “above reproach”, I’m gonna take that IG report, roll it up and beat them in the head with it …