‘Pattern of lies…was particularly troublesome because they were intended to cover up media leaks…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., asked Attorney General William Barr to update Congress on the status of an investigation into former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who lied to FBI and Office of Inspector General officials.
In a letter to Barr sent Wednesday, Jordan said transparency about McCabe’s crimes “is vital to restoring the FBI’s integrity.”
“The Justice Department Office of Inspector General (DOJ OIG) referred McCabe’s lack of candor to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia almost a year ago,” he wrote. “McCabe’s pattern of lies to FBI and OIG officials was particularly troublesome because they were intended to cover up media leaks that would benefit McCabe personally and professionally.”
McCabe’s lawyer confirmed last month that the federal investigation into the former FBI official remained open.
McCabe was fired last year after the Justice Department’s Inspector General Office learned that he had leaked information about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation to the Wall Street Journal in 2016.
He later admitted he allowed employees under him to speak to a reporter after lying to Congress about the incident, and said FBI officials discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
“Rod raised the issue and discussed it with me in the context of thinking about how many other cabinet officials might support such an effort,” McCabe told CBS’s “60 Minutes” news show.
Jordan and Meadows argued that Congress should be kept up to date considering the dishonest nature of McCabe’s behavior.
“As the DOJ OIG reported, McCabe disclosed confidential investigative details to a media outlet ‘to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership,’” they wrote. “Specifically, to rebut what he believed to be an ‘incredibly damaging’ narrative’ about himself, McCabe directed Page and another FBI employee to reveal information related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of the Clinton Foundation investigation. By authorizing the leak, McCabe confirmed the existence of an active FBI investigation in violation of Departmental policies.”