Justice Department Drops Case Against Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
The Department of Justice announced Friday that it is dropping its investigation into former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
“We write to inform you that, after careful consideration, the Government has decided not to pursue criminal charges against your client, Andrew G. McCabe, arising from the referral” made by the Inspector General’s office to investigate his behavior, the D.C. U.S, Attorney’s Office wrote in a letter to McCabe’s attorneys.
The Wall Street Journal reported shortly before the 2016 election that the FBI was investigating former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. McCabe initially denied he was the source of the leak but later admitted he had authorized the article, causing the Inspector General to look into his involvement. The IG referred the case to the FBI.
McCabe’s lawyers, Michael Bromwich and David Schertler, responded in a statement saying, “We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, almost two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought.”
They continued, “We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.”
The decision is likely to upset Trump, who previously floated FBI conspiracy theories of McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey working together to undermine the administration.
“Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy,” Trump tweeted last March. “Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018