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Ex-FBI deputy director faulted by Justice Department on media disclosure

From Reuters - April 13, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justices inspector general released a report on Friday concluding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe misled investigators about a decision to break with the agencys standard policy and inform a journalist about a probe into the Clinton Foundation in 2016.

The highly anticipated report detailed an investigation that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited when he fired McCabe last month, hours before the 21-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was set to retire and receive his full pension.

Responding to the inspector generals report, McCabe said he believed repeated calls by President Donald Trump to fire him had prompted a rush to judgment and an unfair probe into his conduct. He said he was authorized to share the information with reporters and had not intentionally misled anyone.

The termination of Mr. McCabe was completely unjustified. And the rush to fire him, at the goading of the president, was unworthy of the great traditions of the Department of Justice, McCabes counsel said in the statement on Friday.

Trump portrayed the reports 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 Russia and his 2016 campaign.

The report was released as advance copies of Comeys new memoir were obtained by the press. Comey, who was fired by Trump in May, called the president unethical, and untethered to the truth, according to excerpts from the book.

The inspector generals 39-page report found that McCabe should not have authorized FBI officials to speak with the press about the Clinton Foundation probe, as it broke with policy against disclosing an ongoing investigation. The report also concluded that McCabe was not upfront with investigators about the matter, including on three occasions when he was under oath.

He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!!, Trump tweeted on Friday in reference to the report on McCabe. No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!

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