However, the inspector general report is highly-critical of the former deputy FBI director, concluding that he violated FBI Offense Codes 2.5 and 2.6: lacking candor not under oath, and lacking candor under oath. The mandate of the review included whether former FBI Director James Comey's public disclosures about the investigation were appropriate, and whether McCabe should have recused himself because of an alleged conflict of interest.
The Department of Justice watchdog on Friday sent a report to Congress that led to the firing of a former top Federal Bureau of Investigation official who has been the target of President Donald Trump's ire in recent months. McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey! "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"
Comey said he told McCabe he was upset about the story, which he thought improperly confirmed the investigation and was likely to increase friction between the Justice Department and FBI.
McCabe was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, two days before his scheduled retirement. Trump's pick to replace Comey, Christopher Wray, was sworn in the same day. He further said the findings that McCabe made false statements to investigators "are more properly understood as the result of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and honest failures of recollection".
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The rush to termination was nothing short of extraordinary - a process that normally takes many months, if not longer, was completed in 23 days.
Melissa Schwartz, McCabe's spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter that the timing of the document being handed over to Congress Friday was "fascinating", then added, "But no report transmission to Mr. #McCabe and no public disclosure from the Office of the Inspector General".
The report says McCabe twice told investigators that he didn't know anything about how the information got out.
According to the New York Times, McCabe allegedly "lied" to DOJ officials when asked whether he had ordered subordinates to purposely leak classified information to the press ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. But she also disclosed that the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton family charity, was under investigation. In particular, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD/OPA to disclose to Barrett the contents of a telephone call that had occurred on August 12, 2016, between McCabe and the then-Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General ("PADAG"). Comey wanted him off the call out of an "abundance of caution" because of "appearance issues" following a Wall Street Journal article about political donations to his wife from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an ally of Clinton.