Ex-FBI Director Andrew McCabe Loses Appeal to Avoid Criminal Charges

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's attorneys are likely to argue that the prosecution of Mc Cabe would be politically motivated with the Justice Department carrying out a vendetta against a Trump adversary

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's attorneys are likely to argue that the prosecution of Mc Cabe would be politically motivated with the Justice Department carrying out a vendetta against a Trump adversary

A US attorney for Washington D.C. has recommended going forward with criminal charges against former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe, following a scathing Inspector General's report on his conduct during the Clinton email probe.

Fox News cited a "source close to McCabe's legal team" on Thursday, who said that the Department of Justice sent an email reading as follows: "The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney's Office's decision in this matter".

He was sacked in March 2018, just hours before he was due to retire, after the department issued a report saying he misled investigators with the Inspector General's office who were trying to determine whether he improperly shared information with a Wall Street Journal reporter for an October 2016 story that described internal debates roiling the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department weeks before the presidential election about how aggressively the Clinton Foundation should be investigated.

McCabe has charged that those and other attacks from Trump are part of an effort to undermine law enforcement and intelligence professionals, and has sued the Justice Department, arguing that he was canned for political reason shortly before his planned retirement for political reasons.

Two people familiar with the matter said Thursday that the deputy attorney general declined an appeal from McCabe's lawyers aimed at preventing a prosecution.

McCabe's attorneys have argued that he should not face charges on accusations that he lied to internal investigators about whether he had authorized a news media leak in the fall of 2016.

The decision, whenever it is made clear, is likely to inflame partisan divisions, and once again thrust the Justice Department to the center of a political combat zone.

His termination came 10 months after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who at the time was leading the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and whether anyone associated with President Donald Trump's campaign conspired in the operation.

When Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, McCabe took over for him on an acting basis. McCabe has disputed numerous report's findings and said he never meant to mislead anyone.

The Inspector General report bashed McCabe for not initially disclosing that he was involved in a Wall Street Journal story that confirmed the existence of a probe into the Clinton Foundation.

His attorneys say that any charges against him would be driven by politics and retaliation from President Donald Trump for the FBI's scrutiny of his administration. He was involved in supervising two of the bureau's most politically sensitive and high-profile cases: the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, and the inquiry into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election. The IG also said that he "lacked candor" when communicating with investigators. But he initially denied having done so when Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who McCabe - and, later, the inspector general's office - tried to determine who might have spoken to the media.

McCabe was recently hired by CNN as a contributor.

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