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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," 
McCabe said.

   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."


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