Former FBI official McCabe under grand jury probe
Federal prosecutors have impaneled a grand jury to investigate former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe following the Division of Justice inspector general&rsquos report alleging that McCabe approved a media disclosure to advance his personal interests.
The Washington Post reported that the grand jury has summoned a lot more than one witness and the case is nevertheless underway. It remains unclear who were summoned to testify.
The existence of the panel indicates that the authorities are treating McCabe&rsquos actions in the course of his time at the FBI seriously and may even press charges if enough proof is discovered. The grand jury is frequently employed as an investigative tool to gather proof, though it might not necessarily lead to charges.
Michael R. Bromwich, counsel for McCabe, indicated in a statement to Fox News that the grand jury was impaneled a month ago and mentioned that it&rsquos unlikely McCabe will be prosecuted, unless there&rsquos pressure from the &ldquohigh levels of the administration, and said the leak about the grand jury was a distraction from a &ldquodisastrous week&rdquo for Trump.
&ldquoToday’s leak about a procedural step taken more than a month ago — occurring in the midst of a disastrous week for the president — is a sad and poorly veiled try to try to distract the American public. We remain confident that a thorough evaluation of the information and circumstances related to this matter will demonstrate that there is no basis on which criminal charges must be brought,&rdquo he stated.
McCabe has been criticized by Republicans and Trump more than his connections to the Democratic Party and for his opposition to the Trump administration.
Republicans point to allies of the Clinton family who created sizable donations to McCabe’s wife&rsquos political campaign. McCabe’s name was also mentioned in the infamous &ldquoinsurance policy&rdquo text message amongst FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Web page, who worked on Unique Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe ahead of getting removed.
"Today's leak about a procedural step taken a lot more than a month ago — occurring in the midst of a disastrous week for the President — is a sad and poorly veiled attempt to try to distract the American public."
McCabe was fired in March ahead of his planned retirement following a bombshell report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, claiming McCabe lied to investigators and former FBI Director James Comey at least four times, 3 of them beneath oath. Comey backed the findings of the DOJ watchdog, which then sent a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney in Washington.
The former deputy director reportedly authorized a leak to a newspaper reporter about the contents of a telephone contact on August 2016 in order cast himself in a optimistic light in the upcoming story about an investigation involving Hillary Clinton. Even though McCabe had the authority to authorize such a disclosure, the inspector common determined that the authorization was aimed at advancing his personal rather than the bureau&rsquos interests.
McCabe insisted his ouster was element of the Trump administration&rsquos &ldquoongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the specific counsel investigation&rdquo into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.
He set up an online fundraiser following his firing to cover possible legal expenses, and it attracted much more than $550,000 in contributions. He later announced that he would cease accepting donations.
Fox News&rsquo Catherine Herridge and Judson Berger contributed to this report.
Published at Fri, 07 Sep 2018 07:30:00 +0000