The Division of Justice inspector basic sent to Congress a report sharply criticizing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for unauthorized disclosures to the media in advance of the 2016 election and lacking candor with investigators, including then-FBI Director James Comey, Politico reports. The report shaped the basis of Legal professional Common Jeff Sessions’ firing of McCabe last thirty day period soon ahead of his scheduled retirement, a decision that pleased President Trump and White Residence allies who have long portrayed McCabe as compromised by anti-Trump bias. The report discovered sharply different recollections by McCabe and Comey — and instructed McCabe misled Comey about it. And it also implies Inspector Common Michael Horowitz located Comey’s account to be additional credible.
“DOJ just issued the McCabe report — which is a full disaster,” Trump tweeted. “He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was entirely managed by Comey — McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all produced up by this den of intruders and lowlifes!” Among the IG’s results is that McCabe was fewer than forthcoming with Comey about his Oct 2016 authorization of two FBI officers to disclose information to a Wall Avenue Journal reporter doing the job on an write-up about FBI investigations involving Hillary Clinton. The IG report states, “McCabe lacked candor when he explained to Comey, or produced statements that led Comey to feel, that McCabe had not licensed the disclosure and did not know who did.” McCabe explained to the IG that he “really should credit score Mr. McCabe’s account more than Director Comey’s” and complained that the report “paints Director Comey as a white knight very carefully guarding FBI information, while overlooking that Mr. McCabe’s account is additional credible.”