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Ex-FBI deputy director faulted by Justice Dept. on media disclosure

14 April 2018
Ex-FBI deputy director faulted by Justice Dept. on media disclosure

The report, first published by The New York Times, asserts that McCabe misled the DOJ watchdog and former FBI Director James Comey about the leak authorizations. Comey, who was sacked by Trump in May, called the president "unethical, and untethered to the truth", according to excerpts from the book. McCabe has denied allegations that he misled the IG.

Trump fumed in an exclamation point-ridden tweet that McCabe "LIED!" But McCabe insisted that the move was crassly political - the Trump administration was simply trying to discredit him, as part of a broader attempt to obstruct and delegitimize the special counsel's investigation.

The report is sure to give additional fodder for President Trump to continue attacking McCabe.

President Donald Trump had accused McCabe of bias, and the president's critics said McCabe was being fired as part of a Republican effort to discredit a federal probe into alleged ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign. "He LIED! LIED! LIED!" he continued, claiming "McCabe was totally controlled by Comey".

The report on McCabe found that McCabe authorized a leak to a Wall Street Journal reporter about the contents of a telephone call in August 2016.

McCabe's attorney, Michael Bromwich, said Friday that McCabe was authorized to share information with the press and did nothing wrong in helping the reporter. The report says that McCabe "lacked candor" in a conversation with Comey when he said that he had not authorized the disclosure and didn't know who did.

Mr McCabe's lawyer said in a statement his client was unfairly treated and the inspector general rushed to finish the report before he could retire.

The official rationale for the termination of McCabe from the Justice Department was that McCabe misled IG's investigators probing the FBI's handling of the Clinton email inquiry. "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!"

McCabe was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, two days before his scheduled retirement.

McCabe, who is close to Comey, could be an important witness for Mueller, who is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, including his motivation for firing Comey in May 2017. Trump has also kept busy blasting the Justice Department since federal agents raided his personal attorney's Manhattan office and hotel room on Monday. "The Inspector General found not only did McCabe divulge sensitive information, he did it without the permission, authority, or knowledge of his supervisor".