Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired last month for violating the agency’s ethics code by exhibiting a lack of candor under oath, a lack of candor when not under oath, and incorrectly providing sensitive information to the media about the agency’s Clinton Foundation probe, according to a new report.
McCabe’s action’s were first discovered by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, and were then corroborated by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
According to the investigation, McCabe told FBI lawyer Lisa Page and FBI public affairs chief Michael Kortan to contact a Wall Street Journal reporter to correct a report published in October 2016 about large donations McCabe’s wife received from Democrats during her bid for Virginia State Senate, Fox News reports.
Lack of candor under oath.
Lack of candor when not under oath.
Improper disclosure of non-public information to the media.
All three violations stem from the same incident, Fox reports – McCabe’s reaction to a 2016 Wall Street Journal story which detailed Democratic donations to his wife, Jill, who was running for Virginia state Senate.
McCabe instructed two members of the FBI to contact the Journal and set the record straight, an act he later lied about, Fox reports.
Further, McCabe wasn’t authorized to set the Journal straight on anything.
The coup de grace is that FBI attorney, Lisa Page, Public Enemy No. 1 to some who paint her as the poster child of a vast conspiracy within the FBI against the Trump administration, provided the “critical” testimony that contradicted McCabe’s that led to his firing, Fox reports.
Page was one of the two FBI personnel McCabe instructed to reach out to the Journal, Fox reports.