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Thursday, February 1, 2018
FBI director says McCabe ‘retired’ because of upcoming Inspector General report
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
"resigned" yesterday after a meeting with the bureau's Director Chris
Wray strongly suggested in a letter
to FBI employees that McCabe left the bureau because of what's in the forthcoming
Department of Justice Inspector General report on how the bureau handled the
investigation into the Clinton email case.
That internal investigation has been
underway since January, 2017 and may include evidence of McCabe leaking
information to the press, as well as other, more serious violations of
procedure and perhaps even obstruction of justice.
There was much speculation yesterday on
the right that McCabe was fired by Wray after the director read the FISA
memo that Republicans want released to the public as soon as possible. But it
is believed that McCabe met with Wray and resigned before the director met
with Rep. Nunes on Sunday at the White House to read the contents of the
FISA memo. He may very well be named in the FISA document, but
the immediate cause of his firing was apparently the director's alarm after
reading reports from the inspector general on his probe.
"It would be inappropriate for
me to comment on specific aspects of the IG's review right now," Wray said
in the message. "But I can assure you that I remain staunchly committed to
doing this job, in every respect, 'by the book.' I will not be swayed by
political or other pressure in my decision making."
In the next paragraph, Wray explained
that McCabe had submitted his intention to retire, suggesting a connection
between the findings of the IG report and McCabe's decision.
Wray and McCabe
Several sources familiar with
McCabe's move said he made his decision as a result of a meeting with Wray in
which the inspector general's investigation was discussed.
News that McCabe would leave seven
weeks before he was expected to retire triggered speculation on Monday that he
was being forced out under political pressure from President Donald Trump. But
several FBI insiders said that was not the case.
It's very possible that McCabe is
prominenty mentioned in the IG report, which will be released in March or
April.The IG is looking a several issues surrounding the Clinton email
In January 2017, the inspector
an inquiry into several areas: whether Comey ignored DOJ guidelines in
making public pronouncements about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s
email server; whether McCabe should have been recused from the Clinton
investigation; whether another DOJ employee should have been recused or gave
information to the Clinton campaign; whether DOJ employees leaked information;
and whether tweets
containing documents about the Clintons shortly before the campaign were
improper. The IG’s investigation has not yet become public.
The IG is also looking at whether it
can be proved that partisan political considerations were a part of the
investigation. Since McCabe was a point man in the Clinton probe while his wife
was running for state senate in Virginia and receiving donations from Clinton
crony Terry McAuliffe, the IG may judge that highly improper and possibly
The exoneration of Clinton by Comey
will also be under a microscope. Was there pressure from AG Lynch to refuse to
indict Clinton? Did Comey act improperly in reopening the investigation so
close to the election?
There is apparently evidence that
shows McCabe sitting on Anthony Weiner's laptop for weeks prior to the
election, despite the fact that there were hundreds of copies of Clinton emails
on the laptop's hard drive, some of them classified.
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin
And the IG will also be looking at
charges by anonymous sources at the bureau that McCabe pressured agents to
change their reports on several interviews with principles in the
Investigative journalist Sara Carter
reported on Fox News last night that outgoing FBI Deputy Director
Andrew McCabe may be in serious trouble if the information she had received
from FBI sources proves to be true.
"I have been told tonight by a
number of sources ... that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change
their 302s," Carter told host Sean Hannity.
form contains information from the notes an FBI agent takes during an
interview of a subject. It is used by FBI agents to "report or summarize
the interviews that they conduct."
"So basically every time an FBI
agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report,"
Hannity pointed out that, if true, it
would constitute a case of obstruction of justice, and Carter agreed. She said
the matter was being investigated by FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
In short, there is plenty of dirt for
the IG to investigate and McCabe appears to figure prominently in the wrong