Lawyer: McCabe Facing Investigation 02/22 06:22
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A criminal investigation into whether former FBI Deputy
Director Andrew McCabe made false statements during an internal probe into a
news media disclosure remains open, his attorney said Thursday.
"We've had dealings with the U.S. attorney's office" in Washington that has
been handling the case, said lawyer Michael Bromwich, who accompanied McCabe to
a wide-ranging interview session with reporters. "We are in continuing
communication with them."
The Justice Department inspector general last year referred for
investigation and possible prosecution allegations that McCabe lied under oath
when questioned about the source of information in a 2016 Wall Street Journal
story about an FBI inquiry into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe has acknowledged
that he permitted subordinates to speak to the reporter to correct what he said
was a false narrative, but he has denied that he lied to investigators.
He has called his March 2018 firing, which arose from the false-statement
allegations, politically motivated. Bromwich said Thursday that McCabe will
soon sue the Justice Department over his firing.
McCabe is a frequent target of President Donald Trump's wrath and has just
published a book, "The Threat: How The FBI Protects America in the Age of
Terror and Trump," that is highly critical of the president.
The investigation into the news media disclosure exposed a rift between
McCabe and former FBI Director James Comey.
McCabe told the inspector general's office that he told Comey after the
article was published that he had allowed the officials to share particular
information and that Comey responded that it was a "good" idea to rebut a
one-sided narrative. But Comey is quoted in the report as saying McCabe never
told him he had approved sharing details of the call and, in fact, had left him
with the opposite impression.
Asked about his current relationship with Comey, McCabe replied tersely, "We
don't really have a relationship now."
McCabe also defended the FBI's handling of the early steps of the Russia
investigation, including the 2016 decision to seek a secret warrant to monitor
the communications of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
McCabe denied having ever told Congress that the warrant would not have been
sought without information from a dossier compiled by a former British spy,
Christopher Steele, who was investigating potential ties between Trump and
Russia. He called that claim, contained in a House Republican memo issued last
year, a "fundamental misrepresentation" of what he had said privately to the
"I'm confident that any review of the process that we went through to get
that (warrant) that's been publicly released will conclude that the process was
entirely appropriate and lawful, and we did the work we should have done,"
He also repeated his assertion that the FBI had good cause to investigate,
after Comey's firing by Trump in May 2017, whether Trump was working, wittingly
or not, as a Russian agent. And he said he believed that special counsel Robert
Mueller's investigation, which so far has produced several dozen criminal
charges, has validated the FBI's early concerns about the Trump campaign and
"It's a remarkable investigation, and it's one that's produced tangible
meaningful results," McCabe said. "And I think that alone justifies and
validates certainly our initial fears and concerns, and I think it validates
the process that Mueller and his team have gone through to get here."