Last month, U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C. Jessie Liu advised the Justice Department to press charges against former FBI deputy and acting director Andrew McCabe for lying to federal investigators looking into the Hillary Clinton email server incident. McCabe currently works as a CNN as a national security analyst correspondent.
McCabe’s lawyers met personally with Liu to make an appeal not to move forward with any prosecution. Receiving a “no” answer, the attorneys then took their personal appeal of Washington Attorney’s indictment recommendation to the office of deputy attorney general Jeffrey Rosen.
McCabe’s team followed up the meetings by composing an “extensive” letter to Rosen that listed their reasons against moving forward with a prosecution against McCabe.
Rosen rejected the plea:
“The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office.”
Liu has been examining statements alleged as false that McCabe made to investigators “regarding his involvement in a newspaper report about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation published days before the 2016 presidential election.”
A 2018 Justice Department report criticized McCabe, who became acting director of the FBI on May 9, 2017, after President Trump fired James Comey, for being evasive and withholding information when talking about his directive to FBI operatives to leak information to the Wall Street Journal about the probe into the Clinton Foundation.
Comey, as you may recall, was the first FBI director who fumbled the Hillary email investigation, as I covered two years ago:
“Do you remember that little matter, just over a year ago, of FBI Director James Comey choosing not to investigate 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY) after compelling evidence surfaced that she had violated national security laws by using a federal email server off-site and for questionable purposes – resulting in a leak and subsequent investigation.”
In March 2018, two days before he was scheduled to retire and would have become eligible for early retirement benefits, attorney general Jeff Sessions fired McCabe. The inspector general had announced that McCabe had repeatedly misstated his involvement in the FBI probe into the Clinton Foundation’s alleged election tampering in 2016:
“Andrew McCabe, onetime acting FBI director, leaked a self-serving story to the press and later lied about it to his boss and federal investigators, prompting a stunning fall from grace that ended in his firing last month, says a bombshell report released Friday by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog.”
McCabe’s wife Jill is also linked with the Hillary email server and Democratic National Committee (DNC) scandals through Terry McAuliffe, governor of Virginia, a Hillary Clinton ally who supported Jill McCabe in her unsuccessful 2015 Democratic run for the Virginia State Senate:
“She accepted a campaign contribution from a political action committee (PAC) totaling nearly half a million dollars. The PAC was run by Virginia’s governor who happens to be a close friend of none other than Hillary Clinton”
On Valentine’s Day this year, Trump shared his opinion of Comey’s successor in a presidential tweet:
“Disgraced FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe pretends to be a ‘poor little Angel’ when in fact he was a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax – a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey. I.G.’s report on McCabe was devastating. Part of ‘insurance policy’ in case I won…”
McCabe claimed he never meant to mislead anyone and was simply misunderstood by the federal investigators. In early October 2019, McCabe’s legal team filed suit against the Trump administration in U.S. District Court in Washington charging that McCabe’s termination was “politically motivated and retaliatory” action brought by the GOP Trump administration in the wake of the failed Meuller “No Russian Collusion Here” report.