On Friday, the Justice Department’s inspector general released a report claiming that fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe misled investigators about media leaks pertaining to the Clinton Foundation (CF).
The report, which discussed McCabe’s actions in relation to the FBI’s probe into CF, accused McCabe of discussing leaks in a manner that advanced “his personal interests at the expense of department leadership.”
According to Fox News, the report claimed that McCabe authorized a leak to The Wall Street Journal, confirming the probe’s existence when former FBI Director James Comey refused to do so.
“Among the purposes of the disclosure,” the report read, “was to rebut a narrative that had been developing following a story in the WSJ on October 23, 2016, that questioned McCabe’s impartiality in overseeing FBI investigations involving [Clinton], and claimed that McCabe had ordered the termination of the [FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation] due to Department of Justice pressure.”
President Donald Trump responded to the report by tweeting that McCabe “LIED! LIED! LIED!”:
DOJ just issued the McCabe report – which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey – McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018
McCabe’s attorney, Michael Bromwich, however, criticized the IG report for lacking information about McCabe’s motive:
“The core weakness of the OIG report is the lack of any understandable motive for his alleged wrongdoing. It is undisputed that Mr. McCabe was one of three senior FBI officials authorized to share information with the media, including on sensitive investigative matters.
He chose to exercise that authority in October 2016, during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the Bureau, with the knowledge of Director Comey and other senior members of FBI management. His purpose was to protect the institutional reputation of the FBI against false claims, including that a sensitive investigation was being shut down for political reasons.”
McCabe, in response, denied any wrongdoing.
“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” he said.