Federal Bureau of Investigation director officially announces McCabe replacement, other Federal Bureau of Investigation appointments

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation director officially announces McCabe replacement, other Federal Bureau of Investigation appointments

Federal Bureau of Investigation director officially announces McCabe replacement, other Federal Bureau of Investigation appointments

The DOJ Inspector General dropped its report (pdf.)(full embed at bottom of post) on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and it's a doozy.

The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, dismissed him last month, two days before his scheduled retirement, for what he described as a lack of candor.

McCabe fired back, saying his dismissal was part of the Trump administration's "ongoing war" on the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Instead of soberly citing findings from the inspector general's report that turned up McCabe's (alleged) malfeasance, Trump opted to denounce McCabe for his ties to James Comey and an ill-defined conspiracy within the highest ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The report, written by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, said McCabe "lacked candor" in conversations with Comey and other officials about his green-lighting the sharing information with a Wall Street Journal reporter who was working on a story about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired for "lack of candor" during interviews about the leak authorizations.

In a broader swipe at the FBI and Comey, Gowdy said: "This report continues to call into question decisions made by FBI leadership in 2016 and 2017, which is why the Oversight and Judiciary Committees will continue our joint investigation into the matter".

Trump's Twitter tirade against McCabe came on the heels of another attack on Comey, whose upcoming tell-all memoir has enraged the President.

"W$3 e concluded that McCabe's decision to confirm the existence of the CF Investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior Department official in a manner created to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception", the report says.

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.

"Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the bad job he did - until he was, in fact, fired", Trump tweeted earlier Friday, adding that it was his "great honor" to axe Comey.

A spokesman for the inspector general's office declined to comment.

Mr McCabe's lawyer said in a statement his client was unfairly treated and the inspector general rushed to finish the report before he could retire.

Before firing McCabe, Trump had zeroed in on contributions a political group aligned with then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) made to McCabe's wife's unsuccessful campaign for state senator in 2015.