DOJ Investigating Andrew McCabe for Apparently Delaying Probe Into Clinton-Related Emails: Report

| JAN 31, 2018 | 12:05 AM

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After he apparently postponed looking into emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-N.Y.) laptop, Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe came under a Justice Department investigation seeking to uncover whether he or other FBI officials attempted to push reviewing the emails until after the election between President Donald Trump and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

According to people familiar with the matter, DOJ Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz interviewed witnesses about why McCabe waited three weeks before looking at the information on Weiner's laptop.

The Washington Post reported these sources saying that the FBI eventually looked into the laptop emails — but not until late October.

The news came just a day after it was reported that McCabe felt pressure to leave and did resign before he became eligible for retirement in March.

While it's unclear exactly why McCabe left, President Donald Trump publicly criticized McCabe after his wife took campaign donations from a group headed by one of Clinton's allies:

Despite a report claiming the White House pushed for McCabe's firing in 2017, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied Trump having any role in his departure.

McCabe's departure came just before the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a memo reportedly detailing DOJ abuses of a law allowing the government to spy on American citizens.

The committee's vote gave Trump five days to approve the memo's release, something the White House said Trump sought.

According to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, sources said the memo mentioned McCabe and contained enough information for criminal charges. It's unclear, however, whether the incriminating information pertained to McCabe's actions.