Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

DOJ watchdog reportedly sends criminal referral for McCabe to federal prosecutor

DOJ watchdog reportedly sends criminal referral for McCabe to federal prosecutor

A spokesman for the United States attorney's office in Washington could not be immediately reached.

The inspector general's office released a report last week saying McCabe "lacked candor" when discussing his decision to authorize disclosures to the media about the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

It absolutely was ruined by means of a desire to obtain who leaked to The Wall Street Journal at October 2016 though Comey might perhaps not need intentionally launched the analysis gunning for McCabe.

On Wednesday, 11 House Republicans sent a letter to the Justice Department and the FBI calling for a criminal investigation into McCabe, Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI General Counsel Dana Boente, and two FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. In his report, Horowitz made a point of stressing that McCabe's lying "was done knowingly and intentionally", a move some analysts say is meant to set up a criminal case for the US attorney to pursue.

It is up to the U.S. Attorney in decide if criminal charges are warranted.

"I have a strong impression he conveyed to me, 'It wasn't me, boss, '" Comey told the inspector general.

The referral comes after the recent blistering IG report claiming McCabe "lacked candor" about his interactions with Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett, who was writing about the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's private email server.

"That would be a decision of the Department of Justice whether or not they feel they should move forward with a more formal investigation beyond the IG report", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Former FBI Director James Comey said Thursday he would "potentially" be a witness against his former aide Andrew McCabe if a case is brought against him. The story said a senior Justice Department official expressed displeasure to McCabe that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were still looking into the Clinton Foundation, and McCabe had defended agents' authority to pursue the issue. Barrett now works for The Washington Post. The accounts stated Comey and also McCabe gave conflicting accounts.

"We therefore concluded that McCabe's disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in this manner violated the FBI's and the Department's media policy and constituted misconduct".

Trump, for his part, has dismissed Comey's account as he faces scrutiny from political corners, the Justice Department's special counsel investigation and a recently disclosed probe into his personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

"The rush to judgment - and the rush to terminate Mr. McCabe - were unprecedented, unseemly, and cruel", Michael Bromwich, an attorney for McCabe, said in a statement.

"And I'm quite confident that it didn't happen, as is the inspector general", Comey said. Comey said in an appearance on "The View" this week: "I still believe Andrew McCabe is a good person, but the inspector general found that he lied, and there's severe consequences in the Justice Department for lying - as there should be throughout the government".

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