Investigators suggest at least four separate charges.
In recent months, the tangled web of deception and worse, woven by members of the ‘deep state,’ has slowly come undone. As the threads unfurl, one question becomes more prominent; will there be any legal action taken against those who abused their offices for personal gain?
In a shocking turn of events, it seems that investigators looking into misconduct by the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are beginning to consider whether or not to charge a former executive with the agency. After months of interviews with Comey, are prosecutors preparing to charge his immediate subordinate, Andrew McCabe? It seems they may have to.
Investigators working with the U.S. District Attorney‘s office in Washington D.C. have spent time questioning James Comey, the former Director of the FBI. While they have been interested in Comey’s conduct, of course, it seems that in recent weeks they have been most interested in the conduct of his former underling, Andrew McCabe.
A little more than a month ago, an investigation by the Inspector General’s Office, led by Michael Horowitz, recommended that McCabe, the former Deputy Director of the FBI, be charged for breaking federal law and misleading investigators from the Department of Justice.
The fact that investigators from the D.C. District Attorney’s office have so aggressively interviewed the former Director of the Bureau is a sign of just how serious the claims made against McCabe are, and how intent the IG is on seeing them through to the end, whatever that end may be.
According to the former Deputy Director’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, they received word a little more than a month ago that the Department of Justice had referred charges to the local DA’s office.
He continued on to say that they were confident there would be no charges filed against his client unless there was ‘appropriate pressure’ from the highest levels of the Donald Trump administration.’
According to investigators, the accused faces up to five years in a federal prison if he is found guilty of lying to federal investigators at least four times.
Investigators allege that the former Deputy Director lied to them when questioned about whether or not he authorized, or received authorization for, a number of leaks.
They claim that he leaked information about the investigation into Donald Trump and his campaign, as well as the alleged Russian ‘collusion’ in the election to the press, and did so without proper authority.
They also say that he lied to them about whether or not he approved certain other leaks of information to the press.
From everything that the American people know about the investigation into the FBI’s conduct leading up to the investigation of President Donald J. Trump thus far, it certainly seems like there is some misconduct or malfeasance afoot.
Perhaps the dishonesty to investigators explains why, or at least part of the reason why, Attorney General Jeff Sessions dismissed McCabe two days before he was set to retire and receive the full benefits of retirement.
If he is charged, then McCabe would be the first person to face charges for what appears to be a ‘deep state’ conspiracy to undermine the Donald Trump presidency.
He didn’t just authorize leaks concerning the investigation into still-unproven claims of ‘Russian interference’ in the 2016 election, though. He also allowed disclosures to the media concerning Hillary Clinton’s email server investigation, according to investigators.
According to Horowitz and his OIG, McCabe’s position was senior enough that he was allowed to speak to the media himself. It appeared to make him uncomfortable that rather than doing so, he chose to use surrogates, less-senior members of the Bureau, to speak for him instead.
Still, an important question is liable to remain unanswered in the investigation (and the upcoming criminal charges that he may face.)
During the run-up to the 2015 Virginia State Senate election, McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, received money from a Hillary Clinton ally, Terry McAuliffe, then the governor of Virginia.
When she received this money, the Clinton email investigation was just starting (and the Benghazi investigation was just winding down), and McAuliffe was being investigated by the federal government for various dealings with a Chinese organization.
At the very least, taking that $500,000 for her political campaign created the perception of impropriety.
It will be interesting to see how the charges wind up, if they go anywhere at all. The District Attorney can always choose not to prosecute, of course, but it seems that there is ample evidence that McCabe lied to investigators.
Until then, people who lean to the right in their politics can at least enjoy the upcoming IG report on the Clinton investigation, which is expected to come out on or before June 5.