It appears that former F.B.I. Deputy Director McCabe deserved his firing after all. Not that there was any doubt, but on Thursday, the Inspector General delivered a damning report to Congress. According to the report, McCabe intentionally misled investigators about his leaking of sensitive information to the media.
In his usual subdued fashion, President Donald Trump tweeted his opinion of the report: “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!”
Okay, maybe it wasn’t so subdued, but we get the point. While the left defended McCabe, the report shows that McCabe’s behavior was clearly unacceptable.
What Was In The Inspector General’s Report?
The Inspector General reported that in 2016, McCabe instructed aides to leak information to a journalist with The Wall Street Journal. The information pertained to a sensitive meeting regarding the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation. Justice Department officials were debating whether or not to issue subpoenas or authorize action from a grand jury.
When speaking with investigators, McCabe stated that he did not authorize the leak, or know who did. However, the Inspector General found that McCabe’s claims were a lie — he did approve the leak. The former deputy director’s actions are a violation of the F.B.I. and D.O.J.’s media policy. These findings led to McCabe’s firing last month, just days before he was supposed to step down.
The former deputy director issued a rebuttal to the report stating that he was authorized to share the details of the meeting with the media. He also said that he did not intentionally deceive the investigators and that the information regarding the investigation into the Clinton Foundation was “in the public’s interest.”
What Else Will Come Out?
The probe into Andrew McCabe’s actions is part of a larger investigation into alleged abuses of the FISA courts. The allegations state that the F.B.I. engaged in malfeasance when obtaining FISA warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page as well as others.
The investigation began as the result of a memo released by Republicans in the House detailing the steps the F.B.I. took to obtain a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Page. The GOP alleges that the Bureau intentionally mislead the court to get permission to spy on the periphery figure.
According to House Republicans, the application for the warrant was based primarily on the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The mostly-unverified dossier was commissioned by Fusion GPS on behalf of the Democratic Party as opposition research during the 2016 campaign.
We don’t yet know what else will be revealed in the Inspector General’s full report. While the revelations about McCabe are compelling, they are not relevant to the Russia investigation, which is what has the attention of the establishment media and the left. However, it is yet another indication of the Bureau’s misconduct when it came to investigating Hillary Clinton’s corruption. If more information comes to light, it could further tarnish the reputation of the F.B.I. and justify the president’s criticisms of the agency.