US Attorney Moves to Charge Andrew McCabe For Lying About Hillary Probe
Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal
U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended charges against former FBI official Andrew McCabe, as the Justice Department rejects his last-ditch appeal.
McCabe appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington last month when his lawyers met with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, but the request was rejected.
The possible charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against McCabe's misleading statements on a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.
According to a source close to McCabe’s legal team, they received an email from the DOJ saying:
"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."
Last month, McCabe was hired by news network CNN as a commentator.
The former FBI official spent the last year defending his actions at the FBI and pushing for President Donald Trump's impeachment.
He filed suit in federal court earlier in August accusing Trump off making his subordinates at the Justice Department to participate in an “unconstitutional plan and scheme” to have him fired.
The IG report faulted McCabe for leaking information to the hen-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett titled “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.”
The story focused on the FBI announcing the reopening of the Clinton investigation after discovering thousands of her emails on a laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner.
According to Fox News: 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 discussion.
McCabe has denied any wrongdoing and said the inspector general's conclusions relied on mischaracterizations and omissions, including of information favorable to McCabe.
The president has attacked McCabe since before he was elected after the news appeared in the fall of 2016 that McCabe's wife had accepted campaign contributions from a political action committee associated with former Virginia Gov.
Terry McAuliffe during an unsuccessful run for the state Senate there. McAuliffe is a close ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who was being investigated at the time for her use of a personal email server while she was secretary of state.
After McCabe's hiring by CNN, Trump called it “disgraceful.”
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.