Comey Grilled As Feds "Seriously" Consider Charging McCabe In Criminal Referral

Federal investigators from the D.C. U.S. Attorney's office recently interviewed former FBI director James Comey as part of an ongoing probe into whether former FBI #2 Andrew McCabe broke the law when he lied to federal agents, reports the Washington Post.

Investigators from the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office recently interviewed former FBI director James B. Comey as part of a probe into whether his deputy, Andrew McCabe, broke the law by lying to federal agents — an indication the office is seriously considering whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, a person familiar with the matter said. -Washington Post

What makes the interview particularly interesting is that Comey and McCabe have given conflicting reports over the events leading up to McCabe's firing, with Comey calling his former deputy a liar in an April appearance on The View

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a criminal referral for McCabe following a months-long probe which found that the former acting FBI Director leaked a self-serving story to the press and then lied about it under oath. McCabe was fired on March 16 after Horowitz found that he "had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions.

Specifically, McCabe was fired for lying about authorizing an F.B.I. spokesman and attorney to tell Devlin Barrett of the Wall St. Journal - just days before the 2016 election, that the FBI had not put the brakes on a separate investigation into the Clinton Foundation, at a time in which McCabe was coming under fire for his wife taking a $467,500 campaign contribution from Clinton proxy pal, Terry McAuliffe. 

The WSJ article  reads:

New details show that senior law-enforcement officials repeatedly voiced skepticism of the strength of the evidence in a bureau investigation of the Clinton Foundation, sought to condense what was at times a sprawling cross-country effort, and, according to some people familiar with the matter, told agents to limit their pursuit of the case. The probe of the foundation began more than a year ago to determine whether financial crimes or influence peddling occurred related to the charity.

...

Some investigators grew frustrated, viewing FBI leadership as uninterested in probing the charity, these people said. Others involved disagreed sharply, defending FBI bosses and saying Mr. McCabe in particular was caught between an increasingly acrimonious fight for control between the Justice Department and FBI agents pursuing the Clinton Foundation case.

So McCabe was found to have leaked information to the WSJ in order to combat rumors that Clinton had indirectly bribed him to back off the Clinton Foundation investigation, and then lied about it four times to the DOJ and FBI, including twice under oath. 

McCabe vs. Comey

Investigators from the D.C. U.S. Attorney's office were likely to be keenly interested in Comey's version of whether or not he knew about McCabe's disclosure. 

Comey and McCabe offered varying accounts of who authorized the disclosure for the article. They discussed the story the day after it was published, and Comey, according to the inspector general’s report, told investigators McCabe “definitely did not tell me that he authorized” the disclosure. -WaPo

“I have a strong impression he conveyed to me ‘it wasn’t me boss.’ And I don’t think that was by saying those words, I think it was most likely by saying ‘I don’t know how this s--- gets in the media or why would people talk about this kind of thing,’ words that I would fairly take as ‘I, Andy, didn’t do it,’ ” Comey said, according to the inspector general.

During an April appearance on ABC's The View to peddle his new book, A Higher Royalty Loyalty, where he called McCabe a liar, and said he actually "ordered the [IG] report" which found McCabe guilty of leaking to the press and then lying under oath about it, several times. 

Comey was asked by host Megan McCain how he thought the public was supposed to have "confidence" in the FBI amid revelations that McCabe lied about the leak. 

It’s not okay. The McCabe case illustrates what an organization committed to the truth looks like,” Comey said. “I ordered that investigation.” 

Comey then appeared to try and frame McCabe as a "good person" despite all the lying. 

“Good people lie. I think I’m a good person, where I have lied,” Comey said. “I still believe Andrew McCabe is a good person but the inspector general found he lied,” noting that there are "severe consequences" within the DOJ for doing so.

Following McCabe's firing, his attorney Michael R. Bromwich (flush with cash from the disgraced Deputy Director's half-million dollar legal defense GoFundMe campaign), fired back - claiming that Comey was well aware of the leaks

"In his comments this week about the McCabe matter, former FBI Director James Comey has relied on the Inspector Genera's (OIG) conclusions in their report on Mr. McCabe. In fact, the report fails to adequately address the evidence (including sworn testimony) and documents that prove that Mr. McCabe advised Director Comey repeatedly that he was working with the Wall Street Journal on the stories in question..." reads the statement in part. 

McCabe vs. the DOJ

McCabe may also find himself at odds with the Department of Justice, as notes he kept allegedly detailing an interaction with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein raise questions about a memo Rosenstein wrote justifying Comey's firing. While Rosenstein's memo took aim at Comey for his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation, McCabe's notes suggest that Trump told Rosenstein to point to the Russia investigation. Rosenstein's recommendation ultimately did not mention Russia. 

McCabe’s interactions with Rosenstein could complicate any potential prosecution of McCabe because Rosenstein would likely be involved in a final decision on filing charges. McCabe has argued that the Justice Department’s actions against him, including his firing, are retaliatory for his work on the Russia investigation. -WaPo

As the Washington Post notes, lying to federal investigators can carry a five-year prison sentence - however McCabe says he did not intentionally mislead anyone. The Post also notes that while Comey's interview is significant, it does not indicated that prosecutors have reached any conclusions. 

Lying to Comey might not itself be a crime. But the inspector general alleged McCabe misled investigators three other times.

He told agents from the FBI inspection division on May 9, 2017, that he had not authorized the disclosure and did not know who had, the inspector general alleged. McCabe similarly told inspector general investigators on July 28 that he was not aware of one of the FBI officials, lawyer Lisa Page, having been authorized to speak to reporters, and because he was not in Washington on the days she did so, he could not say what she was doing. McCabe later admitted he authorized Page to talk to reporters.

The inspector general also alleged that McCabe lied in a final conversation in November, claiming that he had told Comey he had authorized the disclosure and that he had not claimed otherwise to inspection division agents in May.

Michael Bromwich replied in a statement: “A little more than a month ago, we confirmed that we had been advised that a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office had been made regarding Mr. McCabe. We said at that time that we were confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office would conclude that it should decline to prosecute. Our view has not changed.

He added that “leaks concerning specific investigative steps the US Attorney’s Office has allegedly taken are extremely disturbing.”

Whatever Comey told federal investigators, we suspect it eventually boiled down to "McCabe didn't tell me," squarely placing responsibility for the leaks - and the lies, on McCabe's shoulders. 

Tags

Comments

MarsInScorpio revolla Thu, 05/31/2018 - 22:26 Permalink

Yeah, I know I've posted this before, however , it becomes more and more predictive, and what it says is about as good as you can say it.

Besides, when someone does pop Hills and others of the Hillary Whore Corps. I'd be less than honest if I didn't admit I'll enjoy the <"I told you so" that comes with being correct . . . :

THE HILLARY DEATH COUNTDOWN: I predict 3-months until someone in the coup snaps and orders her assassination by either one or together in some way, the FBI, CIA, or Pakistani ISI Death Squad. That's the end of August, 2018. The way things are going, Mueller will be a bad vapor in the air, and no one will go to jail for her. The Hillary Whore Corps will die with her. The only alternative is that she, Obama, and Schultz, flee the country to one where they can't - or won't - be extradited, protesting they are political refugees.

So, seen Obama much lately? Notice Hillary's SS detail is getting thin - who's got the injection pin? Schultz is as low-profile as you can get and still hold office . . . 

In reply to by revolla

IridiumRebel Stan522 Thu, 05/31/2018 - 22:47 Permalink

 

This is banana republic shit.

Spying on a political campaign. Creating a fake narrative and entrapment for political reasons....the special counsel. 

That’s how shitty the Democrat platform is. They suck. Progressive shits that fuck the rule of law call racism on anyone who disagrees. Childish. I sincerely hope, and the Rino/GOPe cocksucksers too, that they go down in a flaming shit pile. 

In reply to by Stan522

CuttingEdge SACRED-COW Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:05 Permalink

A heads up for your calendars (h/t Sidney Powell):

The Senate Judiciary Committee has hearing scheduled to review findings in the Inspector General report June 5th at 10 AM. 

+

It also just pushed an OIG hearing on DOJ & FBI pertaining to "Actions in Advance of the 2016 Presidential Election" to Monday, June 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

 

It being Friday, and with the above scheduled - OIG release today?

 

<edit>

Err - No.

 

From Byron York: Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on IG report, originally scheduled for June 5, has been moved to June 11. That means no IG report this week.

 

On the upside, looks like Nov 11 is going to be a popcorn day on the Hill

In reply to by SACRED-COW

r0mulus CuttingEdge Fri, 06/01/2018 - 03:04 Permalink

Wow- its amazing how long it takes clear evidence of breaking the law to result in actual charges- when you're a fucking scumbag deep-state insider, that is!

It's an ongoing embarassment that none of Comey, McCabe or Strzok aren't currently awaiting trial. Just how many fucking laws do you need to break to get the DoJ's attention?

In reply to by CuttingEdge

nmewn A Sentinel Fri, 06/01/2018 - 05:43 Permalink

“Good people lie. I think I’m a good person, where I have lied,” Comey said."

There is a distinct difference between lying to your wife about how dinner was vs raising your hand while swearing to tell the truth & nothing but the truth, then betraying that oath and lying after having willingly taken that oath Mr.Comey.

There is also the lie of omission Mr.Comey.

For instance, when a duly appointed federal law enforcement official  (say like, the Director of the Bureau of Matters for example) knows for a fact or has reason to suspect that, a document (or "dossier") that is suspect or an outright fraud has been submitted as evidence to a federal court for the purposes of, accessing the governments vast spying network and then saying nothing and watching as "good peoples" lives are torn apart.

Like ancillary "good people" in the orbit of the target you are really after, Caputo & Flynn for example. 

Every day is like Christmas morning, you just never know whats inside the next box ;-)

In reply to by A Sentinel

MK ULTRA Alpha pods Fri, 06/01/2018 - 09:44 Permalink

It proves the government is made up of liars, thieves and murderers. This nation needs a purge of the federal government.

500,000 federal employees and their army of 200,000 contractors must be purged. Agencies with redundant functions which duplicate state government must be abolished.

The federal government must be reduced in size by a factor of three, in other words, one third it's present size.

In reply to by pods

Mr. Universe MK ULTRA Alpha Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:43 Permalink

Do you ever wonder why these investigations never come up with any real charges against the real bad guys?

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis told a Senate Committee adviser that House Speaker Paul Ryan “put the leash” on the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation into Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, who headed the Commission, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, both confirmed to the adviser that Ryan effectively shut the investigation down, Big League Politics has exclusively learned.

Trey really makes sure the truth is known!

Top-level people in the world of intelligence and independent journalism report that House Oversight chairman Trey Gowdy effectively blocked investigations into the FBI spying on the President Donald Trump campaign.

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/sources-trey-gowdy-blocked-investigation-…

In reply to by MK ULTRA Alpha

nmewn pods Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:20 Permalink

A criminal referral was made on McCabe so yes, the IG is of the opinion McCabe broke the law.

I am of the opinion Comey stole classified government documents ("his" memos...lol)  thereby also breaking the law and not only that but shared them with an unauthorized person (his law professor buddy) with instructions for him to give them to the Alinsky Press.

The Director of the Bureau of Matters doesn't get to decide on his own what is classified and what is not, there are procedures for that consisting of more than his personal opinion. 

In reply to by pods

11b40 pods Fri, 06/01/2018 - 11:51 Permalink

I did not think there was any question about it.  If you lie to the FBI, you are busted, and that is regardless if it is sworn testimony or an informal interview.  Ask Flynn.

This McCabe douche lied repeatedly under oath - to the FBI.  What is the hold up in charging him?  

In reply to by pods

Thomas Paine CuttingEdge Fri, 06/01/2018 - 08:12 Permalink

June 11 the date we've been waiting for.  We have reached our cruising altitude of 40,000 ft long ago. As we prepare to land, please fasten your seatbelt and make sure your seat back and folding trays are in their full upright position

May 19 TRIP CHANGE - twenty-three days...pain delivered June 11.   MAGA bitchez.

In reply to by CuttingEdge

chubbar Stan522 Fri, 06/01/2018 - 06:37 Permalink

Put him in jail, and not some cushy Fed Country club either. I want to see him in a Max Security Pen where he can spend his days learning how to properly suck BBC! This guy is the typical tithead who has weaseled his way up the chain of command by brown nosing and throwing associates under the bus in order to get promotions. He has no business being anywhere near a job where he can influence investigations. He's no more an FBI agent than I am, he is a political monster and should be put away for life for the shit he's done throughout his career.

In reply to by Stan522