Published: Sat, April 14, 2018

Sacked FBI deputy director misled investigators, watchdog says

Sacked FBI deputy director misled investigators, watchdog says

A lawyer for fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says he's considering filing a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his "colleagues".

The long-anticipated Department of Justice Inspector General report critical of fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe is expected to be released Friday afternoon.

"Sounds like two peas in a pod with McCabe and Comey", she said in reaction to the news. The report also concluded that McCabe was not upfront with investigators about the matter, including on three occasions when he was under oath.

President Donald Trump, already furious over a forthcoming book from fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, lashed out after the report's release by saying Mr McCabe had "LIED!"

Bromwich criticized the inspector general investigation for leaning too much on the "admittedly vague and uncertain" recollections of Comey about what McCabe told him.

The report was released as advance copies of Comey's new memoir were obtained by the press.

He said that when he believed his answers to the inspector general were misunderstood, he returned and tried to correct them.

A Justice Department report accuses former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe of lacking candor, breaking government policy and misconduct.

The investigation was about the Clinton foundation's financial dealings and what he revealed to reporters, and later withheld from investigators. The inspector general, in contrast, found that McCabe violated FBI policy by acknowledging the existence of a criminal investigation that was not public at the time.

McCabe was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month after the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and inspector general recommended he be terminated from his position for a lack of candor. Trump reportedly phoned Cohen to "check in", the Times reports.

The statement was in response to a Trump tweet that said McCabe "LIED!" The political action committee for then-Virginia Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat and Clinton ally, donated $467,500 to her campaign, while the Virginia Democratic party gave $207,788, The Journal reported.

He said the allegations were too thin to support firing McCabe, and he criticized Sessions for submitting to pressure in his "rush to terminate" McCabe.

McCabe, however, insisted he was sacked because of what he witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The broader report coming from the inspector general is expected to address a number of politically sensitive issues, including how the FBI handled its investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state and the early stages of the FBI's investigation into whether Trump or any of his associates helped Russian Federation interfere in the 2016 election.

In January, The Journal reported that McCabe knew of thousands of emails related to the Clinton investigation for at least a month before Comey told Congress about them.

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