Justice Department Refers McCabe To Prosecutors, But Unclear If They'll Charge Him

McCabe report sent to US attorney for possible charges

It was not immediately clear how the D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office responded to the referral, or whether prosecutors there are conducting their own investigation or believe criminal charges are appropriate.

McCabe has a robust legal defense fund, if criminal charges are introduced related to him.

Representatives with the Justice Division, inspector normal's workplace and US lawyer's workplace all declined to remark.

Last week, Inspector General Michael Horowitz sent to Congress a report blasting McCabe. He said he was authorized to share the information with reporters and had not intentionally misled anyone.

The calls for discipline came just days after an inspector general's report laid out the case against Mr. McCabe, saying he misled his former boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, as well as FBI and inspector general investigators over a media leak he orchestrated during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

He has said he never deliberately misled investigators and cited the "chaos" of the period, when President Donald Trump fired Mr. Comey, and Mr. McCabe unexpectedly became acting director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "It is part of this Administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day". A GoFundMe page raised almost $568,000 for any of McCabe's future legal bills. His firing was recommended by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, based on the inspector general's findings.

Separately on Wednesday, a contingent of Trump's supporters in the House referred a number of names to the Justice Department because they said former FBI Director James Comey, McCabe, Hillary Clinton and others might merit prosecution.

Comey wrote that as he weighed whether to charge Martha Stewart with such an offense in the early 2000s, he asked his deputy how many people in the USA had been indicted on charges of lying to federal investigators in the previous year. Comey wrote that he told his staff to indict Stewart. McCabe then claimed that Comey had known that he'd authorized the leak, a statement Comey maintains is false.

The IG found that McCabe "lacked candor" when discussing his leaking of confidential information to The Wall Street Journal. Barrett now works for The Washington Post.

The watchdog Transparency Project filed a bar grievance in Pennsylvania, where Mr. McCabe has been licensed to practice law, demanding an investigation.

The previous FBI Director added that he appreciated McCabe "very a lot as an individual, however generally even good individuals do issues they shouldn't do ..."

Ron Hosko, a former FBI deputy director, said he doesn't expect Mr. McCabe to face criminal charges since the accusations against him stem from a civil matter and not a criminal investigation.

Comey seemed to defend the character of McCabe while financing the DOJ inspector overall probe's findings.

The White House this week said the inspector general's report was serious enough that it gave a "great cause" for the Justice Department to take further action - though the determination rests with the department.

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