Trump portrayed the report's findings as vindication of his criticism of McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey as biased for their roles in shepherding along a federal probe into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and his 2016 campaign. He said the report did not detail "any understandable motive for his alleged wrongdoing", and said Trump had "further tainted the process" with his previous public comments on the Justice Department inspector general.
DOJ says it was taking its lead from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommending McCabe be sacked. 'I don't know what's the big deal with that because I would ask you. who did you vote for?'
The Justice Department watchdog says fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe misled investigators over his role in a news media disclosure.
The media leaks made by McCabe, says Horowitz's report, were created to combat accusations of bias over his ties to Clinton and it confirmed the existence of the Clinton investigation despite Comey's decision not to make it public at that time.
The finding is contained in an inspector general report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Investigators sent that account to McCabe who was supposed to sign and return it, acknowledging it was an accurate summary of their conversation, but one month later McCabe had never signed or returned it.More news: Turkey's Erdogan will speak to Russia's Putin on Syria crisis
The report, according to the New York Times, investigated the "leak" to the media outlet and whether McCabe "lacked candor".
"It is undisputed that Mr. McCabe was one of three senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials authorized to share information with the media, including on sensitive investigative matters". But the official "pushed back", saying the NY agents were not privy to some of the information contained in the Journal piece.
The review was scathing in its conclusion that the ex-official repeatedly mislead investigators, including about discloses to the media.
McCabe called the Washington official and "admonished him regarding leaks in the article", the official said.
McCabe's lawyer denied Horowitz's findings, arguing that "at all times, [McCabe] told the truth to the best of his ability". Comey wanted him off the call out of an "abundance of caution" because of "appearance issues" following a Wall Street Journal article about political donations to his wife from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an ally of Clinton. The official said McCabe was "angry".
"We found it extremely unlikely, as McCabe now claims, that he not only told Comey about his decision to authorize the disclosure, but that Comey thought it was a "good" idea for McCabe to have taken that action", the report says. Need leaks to stop.
McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director, at the Capitol in December.