The Justice Department has informed former FBI Deputy Director and Director Andrew McCabe’s legal team that no charges will be filed for lying to investigators about a media disclosure, McCabe’s legal team reported on Friday.
Today, our was informed that the government will not pursue criminal charges against Andrew McCabe. "At long last, justice has been done in this matter." pic.twitter.com/2rTOlse1Oo— Melissa Schwartz (@MSchwartz3) February 14, 2020
The Washington Post was first to report the news, citing people familiar with the matter. They note it’s unclear if there were plans to make the news public.
They go on to explain that McCabe:
[McCabe] authorized two FBI officials to speak for a Wall Street Journal report detailing tension inside the FBI and Justice Department over the Clinton email case and a separate investigation of the Clinton family foundation. But he initially denied having done so when FBI officials — and, later, the inspector general’s office — tried to determine who might have spoken to the media.The Washington Post 02/14/2020.
The inspector general accused McCabe of lying at least four times, three of them under oath, and even misleading then-FBI Director James B. Comey, his boss
Tom Winter with NBC News confirmed that the Department of Justice informed McCabe no charges would be filed, via an email provided to them by McCabe’s legal team.
BREAKING / NBC NEWS: The Department of Justice has informed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that they have decided not to pursue criminal charges against him, according to an e-mail provided to NBC News by his attorneys.— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) February 14, 2020
The letter is one page long, explaining that “based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the Government at this time, we consider the matter closed.”
In June of 2018, McCabe sued the Justice Department, the Departments IG, and the FBI for materials related to his firing.
At the time CNN explained that McCabe’s lawyers filed a federal lawsuit under “under the Freedom of Information Act,” for, “access to a variety of documents, including the Inspector General’s Manual and other policy documents used by the Justice Department to justify his termination.”
McCabe was fired in March of 2018 the New York Times reported at the time his firing just two days before he was due to retire, denying the 21-year FBI veteran his pension.
According to Trump Twitter Archive, the President has tweeted his ire aka “mean tweets,” regarding McCabe 49 times since the summer of 2017.
Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Why isn’t disgraced FBI official Andrew McCabe being investigated for the $700,000 Crooked Hillary Democrats in Virginia, led by Clinton best friend Terry M (under FBI investigation that they killed) gave to McCabe’s wife in her run for office? Then dropped case on Clinton!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2018
Remember this, Andrew McCabe didn’t go to the bathroom without the approval of Leakin’ James Comey!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2019
The quiet closure of the case against McCabe comes as Attorney General William Barr and President Trump face heavy criticism regarding the sentencing of personal friend and former informal adviser to President Trump Roger Stone.
Following Stone’s conviction in November of 2019 the President tweeted:
So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
….A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019
As a reminder: Stone was convicted on seven counts: Lying to Congress. Obstructing a Congressional Investigation. Witnesses tampering.
For What It’s Worth:
As one investigation closes, another one is open…allegedly.
According to Breaking News reported by The New York Times, Barr has “has assigned an outside prosecutor to scrutinize the criminal case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn,” that’s according to people familiar with the matter.
As they explain in the wake of the accusations that the DOJ has been politicized the “highly unusual and cloud trigger more accusations of political interference by top Justice Department officials into the work of career prosecutors.”
From the article:
Mr. Barr has also installed a handful of outside prosecutors to broadly review the handling of other politically sensitive national-security cases in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, the people said. The team includes at least one prosecutor from the office of the United States attorney in St. Louis, Jeff Jensen, who is handling the Flynn matter, as well as prosecutors from the office of the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen.
Over the past two weeks, the outside prosecutors have begun grilling line prosecutors in the Washington office about various cases — some public, some not — including investigative steps, prosecutorial actions and why they took them, according to the people. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal deliberationsThe New York Times 02/14/2020.