FBI Director Wray names Bowdich as McCabe replacement

Clay Curtis
April 14, 2018

The long-anticipated Department of Justice Inspector General report critical of fired FBI Director Andrew McCabe is expected to be released Friday afternoon.

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

McCabe has disputed that assessment and issued a point-by-point rebuttal on Friday.

"The termination of Mr. McCabe was completely unjustified". McCabe's termination as Deputy FBI Director - just hours before he would have been eligible for the bureau's full retirement package - came as Trump was escalating his war on the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

The finding is contained in an inspector general report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Trump's Twitter tirade against McCabe came on the heels of another attack on Comey, whose upcoming tell-all memoir has enraged the President.

The inspector general report concludes that Mr McCabe allowed FBI officials to speak to a Wall Street Journal reporter for a story about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, violating agency rules, and then misled FBI officials when questioned about it.

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Sessions said that McCabe "made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions".

"He LIED! LIED! LIED!"

On Friday, Mr Trump called the inspector general report a "total disaster" and said "McCabe is controlled by Comey".

"Mr McCabe had no motive to lie or mislead about media contacts he had the authority to direct, nor did he make any effort to co-ordinate accounts of the events in question with the two other Federal Bureau of Investigation employees with whom he worked on trying to correct a potentially false narrative", his lawyer Michael Bromwich said in a statement.

McCabe then authorized telling the reporter that no such order had been given and to relay the contents of a conversation between McCabe and a Justice Department official in which McCabe pushed back against the official's suggestion that no overt steps be taken during the campaign.

McCabe, the report said, "lacked candor when he: (a) stated that he told Comey on October 31, 2016, that he had authorized the disclosure to the WSJ; (b) denied telling INSD agents on May 9 that he had not authorized the disclosure to the WSJ about the PADAG call; and (c) asserted that INSD's questioning of him on May 9 about the October 30 WSJ article occurred at the end of an unrelated meeting when one of the INSD agents pulled him aside and asked him one or two questions about the article".

Inspector General Michael Horowitz, appointed to the post by President Obama, had been reviewing the FBI and DOJ's actions relation to its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she served as secretary of state.

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