Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly left his post Monday. On Tuesday the Washington Post reported an inspector general is probing how he responded to the discovery of new emails on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop
January 31, 2018
Andrew McCabe was forced out of the FBI. McCabe had been the acting director of the FBI from May 2017 – August 2017, since President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and hired Christopher Wray to replace Comey.
Once the 4-page memo is released, the Inspector General of the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, will release his report. Expect indictments.
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REVEALED: FBI boss Andrew McCabe was forced out over concern Hillary email probe ‘died on his desk’ after new material was found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop
- Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was pushed out of his job Monday
- FBI Director Chris Wray alluded to an ongoing IG investigation in letter to staff
- Wray said it would be ‘inappropriate’ for him to comment on IG’s review
- IG focusing on why it took McCabe three weeks to focus on new Clinton emails
- Emails were found on laptop of disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner
- Weiner is married to longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin
Weiner quit Congress after his on-line sexting was exposed. DailyMail.com reported in 2016 he was still sexting with a girl who told him she was just 15, prompting authorities to seize his laptop, which in turn led to discovery of more Clinton emails.
Investigators ultimately found they did not alter the decision not to prosecute Clinton for violating security laws.
The Post reported that some members of law enforcement are concerned that the issue seemed to die on McCabe’s desk for a period of time. Others countered that it took time to evaluate whether the emails were relevant.
The FBI has historically been wary of undertaking matters that could be perceived as tilting an election. Clinton, in her post-election book tour, has listed the FBI as one of the top reasons she believes she lost, for having announced it was essentially reopening its probe only to later say it had found nothing to change its conclusions.
The IG, Michael E. Horowitz, is exploring why the FBI’s leadership appeared unwilling to explore the emails found on Weiner’s machine, according to the Post.
The new Trump-appointed FBI Director, Christopher Wray, alluded to the IG report in a letter to staff send Monday.
‘It would be inappropriate for me to comment on specific aspects of the IG’s review right now,’ Wray said in the message, NBC reported. ‘But I can assure you that I remain staunchly committed to doing this job, in every respect, ‘by the book.’ I will not be swayed by political or other pressure in my decision making.’
Weiner is currently serving a 21-month sentence for sexting with a minor. He is doing time at a low security facility in Massachusetts. He is at Federal Medical Center Devens, a medical facility, although that does not mean he is getting treatment.
Former FBI Director James Comey informed lawmakers of the existence of the emails in an Oct. 28th letter.
McCabe has been at the center of a furious battle between the the White House and congressional Democrats over the Russia investigation, as Trump blasts the FBI as a biased organization that is out to get him and House Republicans attack the Robert Mueller investigation.
McCabe, 49, a career official, left abruptly by noon Monday, but will be allowed to remain on the payroll until mid-March.
Further strains of information that McCabe was under pressure the IG counter another narrative of his firing: the intense display of public pressure orchestrated by President Trump, who is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
In December, Trump took the extraordinary step of ridiculing McCabe online, after a report that he was running out the clock on his government service amid intense pressure.
‘FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!’ wrote Trump.
Trump also wrote a day earlier: ‘Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!”
Trump also wrote in December: ‘.@FoxNews-FBI’s Andrew McCabe, ‘in addition to his wife getting all of this money from M (Clinton Puppet), he was using, allegedly, his FBI Official Email Account to promote her campaign. You obviously cannot do this. These were the people who were investigating Hillary Clinton.’
The tweets were a reference to a PAC controlled by then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the state Senate campaign of McCabe’s wife, Jill, in 2015
The Washington Post reported that Trump met in the Oval Office with McCabe following the president’s decision to fire his predecessor, Comey.
‘Who did you vote for in the 2016 election?,’ Trump asked him, according to the report.