The Inspector General’s report revealed just how deep Andrew McCabe’s corruption went. The IG report revealed that McCabe tried to actively use his position with the FBI to influence an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation during a time with Hillary Clinton was actively running as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Can you say conflict of interest boys and girls?
The focus of this portion details a phone call from a high ranking Justice Department official James Wedick who received a phone call from McCabe. Wedick believed McCabe was trying to shut down the probe into the Clinton Foundation due to perceived political pandering towards the Clintons and was exceedingly angry as a result, understandably so. Wedick believed that McCabe was unjustly trying to influence a presidential election, stating that in 35 years with the Bureau he had never fielded such a call about ANY of his cases, suggesting this was interference.
Wedick stated – “It is bizarre – and that word can’t be used enough – to have the Justice Department call the FBI’s deputy director and try to influence the outcome of an active corruption investigation. They can have some input, but they shouldn’t be operationally in control like it appears they were from this call.”
Although the inspector general report did not identify the official, sources at both former FBI and Justice Department officials identified him as Matthew Axelrod, who was the principal associate deputy attorney general — the title the IG report did use.
As it was, McCabe thought the call was out of bounds.
He told the Inspector General during August 12, 2016, call the principal associate deputy attorney general expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps in the Clinton Foundation investigation during the presidential campaign.
“According to McCabe, he pushed back, asking ‘are you telling me that I need to shut down a validly predicated investigation?’” the report said. “McCabe told us that the conversation was ‘very dramatic’ and he never had a similar confrontation like the PADAG call with a high-level department official in his entire FBI career.”
A FOOTNOTE TO THE REPORT:
In a footnote to the report, the inspector general says the Justice official agreed with the description of the call but objected to seeing that “the Bureau was trying to spin this conversation as some evidence of political interference, which was totally unfair.”
Both the Federal Register and Justice Department documents at the time identified Axelrod as the principal associate deputy attorney general. His LinkedIn page says he held that position from February 2015 through January 2017.
As the election approached, questions surrounded McCabe’s objectivity with regards to the Clinton probe. His wife, running for a state Senate seat in Virginia in 2015, had accepted a nearly $700,000 donation from an organization linked to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A long-time confidant, McAuliffe chaired Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign.
McCabe eventually recused himself from the Clinton investigation just three weeks before election day. “You run the risk of more publicity by going to the field,” Hosko said. “If I am that agent and I’ve been told to shut down something I’ve been working on, I’m screaming bloody m****r.”
Axelrod quit the Justice Department on Jan. 30, 2017, the same day his boss, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, was fired by President Trump for refusing to defend his travel ban executive order.
He is now a lawyer in the Washington, D.C., office of British law firm Linklaters.
Who put this guy up to his attempt to shut down an investigation within the FBI? Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates or someone even higher up?
And in true slimeball fashion, McCabe through spoke woman Melissa Schwartz is now attempting to “rebut” the most egregious inaccuracies” in the Justice Department inspector general’s report claiming the basis of his firing is not what it seems. I guess facts are not actually “facts” either…
The report found McCabe “lacked candor” on four separate occasions, including three times while under oath, in connection with the Wall Street Journal leak. The leak that McCabe himself made while blaming it on another member of his team and then telling that same person to “get his house in order.”
4 weeks to the day after his termination, the Office of the Inspector General report that was the basis for the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew #McCabe is finally public. The most egregious inaccuracies in the report are available at: https://t.co/DstobNbfMd
— Melissa Schwartz (@MSchwartz3) April 13, 2018
Melissa Schwartz, the spokeswoman for McCabe, noted the release of the report was “fascinating” and shared on Twitter a two-page “fact” sheet pushing back on some of the IG report’s findings.
“4 weeks to the day after his termination, the Office of the Inspector General report that was the basis for the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew #McCabe is finally public,” she said, while sharing on Twitter a two-page “fact” sheet pushing back on some of the IG report’s findings, or as Schwartz called them, “egregious inaccuracies.”
“Andrew McCabe’s interaction with the WSJ – which by FBI rule and practice he was fully authorized to do – was not done in secret: it took place over the course of several days and others knew of it, including Director Comey,” she said in a separate tweet.
According to the Washington Examiner –
“The genesis of the report swirls around the leak of sensitive information to the Wall Street Journal that pushed back against an October 2016 report about large donations McCabe’s wife received from Democrats during her bid for the Virginia State Senate.
The IG finally determined that as deputy director, McCabe was authorized to make the disclosures if they fell within the “public interest exception, since the Justice Department and FBI prohibit “such a disclosure of an ongoing investigation.”
“However, we concluded that McCabe’s decision to confirm the existence of the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior Department official in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception. We therefore concluded that McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in this manner violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct,” the IG report said.
Schwartz works for the Bromwich Group, whose founder and managing principal is Michael Bromwich, a former DOJ IG in the 1990s.
He released a lengthy statement Friday condemning a “rush to judgment” that led to McCabe’s firing 26 hours before he was set to retire with a full pension.
“In the full context of this case, 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,” Bromwich said.
Bromwich also indicated legal action could be imminent.
“We have for some time been actively considering filing civil lawsuits against the President and senior members of the Administration that would allege wrongful termination, defamation, Constitutional violations and more. The distinguished Boies Schiller law firm has recently joined us in this project. This is just the beginning,” Bromwich wrote in a statement.
After he was fired, a legal defense fund was set up for McCabe. Earlier this month the GoFundMe campaign was taken down after it raised more than $530,000, far exceeding its original and updated goals.”