WaPo: Former Deputy FBI Director About To Be Torched For Misleading Inspector General, Signing Off On ‘Improper Media Disclosure’

Posted: Mar 02, 2018 11:00 AM
WaPo: Former Deputy FBI Director About To Be Torched For Misleading Inspector General, Signing Off On ‘Improper Media Disclosure’

Remember Andrew McCabe, the former Deputy Director of the FBI who was forced out last January? Well, there’s a DOJ report that’s about to be released that details how the top FBI official misled investigators and signed off on an 'improper media disclosure' that detailed the warring state of affairs between the bureau and the Department of Justice concerning the investigation into the Clinton Foundation (via WaPo):

The Justice Department inspector general is preparing a damaging report on former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, alleging he was responsible for approving an improper media disclosure, two people familiar with the matter said. One of the people said McCabe will also be accused of misleading investigators about his actions.

The report is a part of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s broad review of the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

During that work, inspector general’s investigators found that McCabe had authorized the disclosure of information to the Wall Street Journal for an October 2016 story that examined feuding inside the FBI and Justice Department around the handling of a separate investigation into Clinton’s family foundation, two people familiar with the case said.

Those probing the matter believe that McCabe, who stepped down in January, misled them when they initially inquired about the subject, though one person familiar with the forthcoming report said McCabe disputes that he intentionally misled investigators.

It is unclear how McCabe is said to have misled investigators. 

Guy wrote previously about what caused McCabe to leave prior to his pre-determined retirement in March. It was the DOJ inspector general, who found something disconcerting, which prompted FBI Director Chris Wray to order McCabe into another office. It would have been a demotion, so McCabe decided to exit early. 

McCabe has been a controversial figure at the bureau. He’s directly mentioned in the text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Lisa Page. The number of messages are in the tens of thousands, but they’re pro-Hillary and explicitly anti-Trump. This is not something you can tolerate during a counterintelligence investigation into Russia-Trump collusion, which Strzok signed off on in July of 2016. It’s not something that’s tolerable when you’re investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server, which Strzok was also apart of—and there’s even a text from Page wondering if the FBI was going too hard on the former first lady. The allegation of the fix being in is palpable. When Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who now heads the FBI’s collusion probe, found out about the texts last summer, he removed Strzok and transferred him to human resources in August of 2017. Strzok was a top counterintelligence agent. 

The other eyebrow raising text was one sent by Strzok to Page on August 15, 2016, where the former mentions meeting with “Andy,” McCabe, and mentions an “insurance policy.” That insurance is alleged to be the Trump dossier, compiled by a British ex-spook who was contracted by Fusion GPS after their services were retained by the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was opposition research that looks like was used to secure a FISA warrant to spy on former Trump adviser Carter Page.  The two also discussed ways to skirt federal records regulations, so why are they still at the FBI? That’s a tale for another time. For now, we await the DOJ’s report on McCabe and how this is part of a long and sad story about how the nation’s preeminent law enforcement and domestic intelligence agency become engulfed in politics, damaging its reputation for professionalism and impartiality on its investigations.  Last December, McCabe also drew the ire of House Republicans on the Intelligence Committee after he said he didn’t know where the dossier’s funding came from, despite signed documents by him showing that he knew how this document was financed.