Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

DOJ will not seek charges against former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe

DOJ will not seek charges against former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe

With the news of his case being closed coming amid a week marked by tensions between the president and the DOJ, it will likely serve to further exacerbate the situation.

McCabe said he had been anxious about how recent developments at the DOJ would impact his case.

A lifelong Republican who worked at the FBI for 20 years, McCabe played a crucial role in the bureau's investigations of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

McCabe infamously authorized the FBI's highly controversial counterintelligence investigation into Trump after the latter unceremoniously fired then-FBI director James Comey shortly after taking office.

The decision resolves a criminal investigation that began almost two years ago with a referral from the Justice Department's inspector general's office, which concluded that McCabe had repeatedly lied about having authorized a subordinate to share information with a newspaper reporter for a 2016 article about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Gaetz said that other prominent figures accused of lying had been given hefty sentences, mentioning longtime Republican consultant Roger Stone and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe won't be charged for role in leaks to media

According to the Washington Post, McCabe's attorneys Michael R. Bromwich and David Schertler said the Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney's Office phoned to say the case against their high-profile client "has been closed".

McCabe oversaw the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and the Clinton Foundation after his wife already lost her race, and the 2016 leak was seen as damaging - not helpful - to Clinton's campaign.

After the release of the report, McCabe was sacked by the then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The move was seen as "vindictive", The Times noted, and "also a possible conflict of interest because Mr. McCabe had opened an investigation into Mr. Sessions after receiving a criminal referral from Congress suggesting that he had lied to lawmakers about his contacts with a Russian diplomat".

McCabe has always been the target of Republican leaders who allege political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The president was particularly incensed no charges were filed over Comey's handling of memos about his interactions with Trump, a matter that was referred to the Justice Department for potential prosecution, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House who weren't authorized to speak publicly about private discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity. It named Attorney General Bill Barr and Wray as defendants, saying that McCabe faced "unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man", which may be in reference to Trump. The investigation, he said, raised "questions about the legitimacy of his presence in the White House". "Investigations of Trump's perceived enemies receive more resources than they merit", he tweeted.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. "Our legal system is supposed to treat you the same, whether you're Trump's enemy or his friend".

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Markets in Walsall, Bloxwich and Willenhall will be closed on Saturday in light of warnings issued, said Walsall Council. Dudley Zoo said officials would assess the weather conditions and would make a decision on opening by Saturday morning.

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