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US: Justice Department IG submits criminal referral on McCabe

From Newsmax

The Department of Justice inspector general has sent a criminal referral of former FBI official Andrew McCabe to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, The Washington Post and CNN is reporting.

The referral was made some time ago and it’s unclear how the U.S. attorney in D.C. responded or whether it’s conducting its own investigation, the Post reports. It may also decline to file charges against McCabe.

McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI, was fired last month for making misleading statements to investigators, including while under oath, about his authorization of agents to talk to The Wall Street Journal about the investigation into Hillary Clinton.

Further, McCabe did not have the authorization to OK agents talking with the media about an ongoing case.

The Inspector General released its 35-page report last week, saying that McCabe lacked candor about the incident.

And it said that McCabe’s decision was “in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership.”

“The OIG found that then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the WSJ,” the report reads. “The OIG also concluded that McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI’s and the Department’s media policy and constituted misconduct.”

McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions less than two days before he was set to retire from the FBI with full benefits.

The DOJ and the U.S. Attorneys office declined comment to CNN.

IMAGE: Andrew McCabe (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

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