On Friday, the Department of Justice announced that it was dropping the criminal investigation in ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
McCabe had been criminally referred for investigation by the DOJ’s Inspector General (IG) after he lied to the FBI regarding leaks to the Wall Street Journal about the ongoing investigation into whether the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election. A special counsel determined that no member of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election.
In response to the DOJ dropping the investigation and charges against McCabe, the former FBI official turned to his new employer, CNN, to give a tone-deaf victory lap.
“As glad as I am that the DOJ and the D.C. attorney’s office finally decided to do the right thing today, it’s an absolute disgrace that they took two years and put my family through this experience for two years before they finally drew the obvious conclusion,” McCabe said.
Andrew McCabe: “As glad as I am that the DoJ and the DC attorney’s office finally decided to do the right thing today, it’s an absolute disgrace that they took 2 years and put my family through this experience for two years before they finally drew the obvious conclusion.” pic.twitter.com/T8x7drbukU
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 14, 2020
McCabe, of course, missed the irony of his statement, given the fact that while he was at the FBI, he helped lead a two-year investigation into President Donald Trump and his family before the special counsel drew the obvious conclusion.
In a letter announcing the DOJ was dropping the investigation, J.P. Cooney, head of the DOJ’s Fraud & Public Corruption Section and Molly Gaston, assistant U.S. attorney, the department declared the matter “closed”:
We write to inform you that, after careful consideration, the Government has decided not to pursue criminal charges against your client, Andrew G. McCabe, arising from the referral by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to our Office of conduct described in OIG’s April 13, 2018, report entitled, “A Report of Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.” Based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the Government at this time, we consider the matter closed. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
McCabe was demoted in January 2018. One month later, the IG determined that McCabe “lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the [Wall Street Journal].” He also violated FBI and DOJ policy by disclosing “the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report.”
As The Daily Wire previously reported, McCabe filed a lawsuit in August 2019 against the DOJ, claiming his firing was a “politically motivated and retaliatory demotion.” He also claimed that Trump “purposefully and intentionally” pressured the DOJ to fire McCabe in an attempt to discredit the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.
Having the charges dropped against McCabe angered Trump supporters who have seen time and time again the people who targeted Trump from before he was even president get away scot free with lying to the FBI while people associated with Trump get sentenced to prison. While McCabe was let off the hook for documented lies, Gen. Michael Flynn and Roger Stone were convicted in part for allegedly lying to FBI officials.