McCabe findings sent to USA attorney for review


The referral to the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia does not mean McCabe will ever be charged, but it does raise the possibility that the longtime law enforcement official could face a criminal investigation into whether he illegally misled officials about a news media disclosure.

"The report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with The Wall Street Journal on the stories in question prior to publication", Bromwich said in a statement CNN published.

McCabe disputes numerous report's findings and has said he never meant to mislead anyone. McCabe and his attorneys believe he will not be prosecuted.

The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.

Spokesmen for the Justice Department and its inspector general's office declined to comment to Reuters, as did a spokeswoman for McCabe.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe just short of his retirement last month after the IG concluded that McCabe had wrongly caused information to be released to The Wall Street Journal and then "lacked candor" about that afterward to investigators. It does not mean McCabe will be charged.

Separately this week, 11 House Republicans asked Sessions, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber to explore whether McCabe - along with a host of other Justice Department officials - committed crimes in their handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, the probe into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election and other matters.

"It's not okay. The McCabe case illustrates what an organization committed to the truth looks like", Comey said.

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Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appeared before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington in June 2017.

"Good people lie. I think I'm a good person, where I have lied", Comey said.

The attorney added that he has not had time yet to find witnesses to corroborate McCabe, the report said.

Last week, Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent to Congress a report blasting McCabe.

In his new book, "A Higher Loyalty", Comey wrote that Trump asked him to drop the probe, saying, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

The IG referral, however, could represent a more serious problem for McCabe.

In addition, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose the existence of the investigation because it was not within the department's "public interest" exception for disclosing ongoing investigations. McCabe's team, though, disputes that and says emails between the two "clearly show that Mr. McCabe specifically advised Director Comey that he was working with colleagues at the Federal Bureau of Investigation to correct inaccuracies in the story before it was published, and that they remained in contact through the weekend while the work was taking place". "I believe it's accountability mechanisms working and they need to work as a result of it's not acceptable within the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Justice Division for folks to lack candor".

McCabe told the inspector general's office that he told Comey after the article was published that he had allowed the officials to share information about the call and that Comey responded that it was a "good" idea to rebut a one-sided narrative.