DOJ Watchdog Sharply Criticizes Andrew McCabe

Long-awaited report says the former FBI deputy director, who was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, made unauthorized disclosures to the media and misled former FBI director James Comey.

The Department of Justice inspector general sent to Congress a report sharply criticizing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for unauthorized disclosures to the media ahead of the 2016 election and lacking candor with investigators, including then-FBI Director James Comey, Politico reports. The report formed the basis of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ firing of McCabe last month shortly before his scheduled retirement, a decision that pleased President Trump and White House allies who have long portrayed McCabe as compromised by anti-Trump bias. The report revealed sharply different recollections by McCabe and Comey — and suggested McCabe misled Comey about it. And it also suggests Inspector General Michael Horowitz found Comey’s account to be more credible.

“DOJ just issued the McCabe report — which is a total disaster,” Trump tweeted. “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!” Among the IG’s findings is that McCabe was less than forthcoming with Comey about his October 2016 authorization of two FBI officials to disclose information to a Wall Street Journal reporter working on an article about FBI investigations involving Hillary Clinton. The IG report states, “McCabe lacked candor when he told Comey, or made statements that led Comey to believe, that McCabe had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who did.” McCabe told the IG that he “should credit Mr. McCabe’s account over Director Comey’s” and complained that the report “paints Director Comey as a white knight carefully guarding FBI information, while overlooking that Mr. McCabe’s account is more credible.”