Saturday, 14 April 2018

US Justice Department : Ex-FBI Deputy Director McCabe misled investigators

The US Justice Department has delivered a scathing report to Congress accusing fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe of repeatedly misleading investigators.

The agency inspector general's report outlines an inquiry into Mr McCabe which US Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited when he fired him last month.

The report claims Mr McCabe "lacked candour" in conversations about leaking information to US media.

US President Donald Trump cheered the report's release in an afternoon tweet.

"DOJ just issued the McCabe report - which is a total disaster," Mr Trump wrote, referring to the Department of Justice report, released by inspector general Michael Horowitz on Friday.
The president has accused Mr McCabe of bias in favour of Democrats.

The review found Mr McCabe, 50, authorised his aides to disclose internal FBI and justice department information about a Clinton Foundation investigation to a Wall Street Journal reporter in October 2016.

He previously told investigators as well as his former boss, then FBI director James Comey, he did not authorise the leak and "did not know who did", according to the report.

Mr McCabe, who argued he was being targeted because of his involvement in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, released a statement on Friday saying he was authorised to share information and did not intentionally mislead anyone.

"Mr McCabe had no motive to lie or mislead about media contacts he had the authority to direct, nor did he make any effort to co-ordinate accounts of the events in question with the two other FBI employees with whom he worked on trying to correct a potentially false narrative," his lawyer Michael Bromwich said in a statement.

The report also argued he was not authorised to leak those details because it did not meet the "public interest" exception for disclosing ongoing investigations.

Instead, the disclosure was made "in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership", it said.

 BBC       News.

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