DOJ Drops Criminal Charges Against Andrew McCabe, Possibly Signaling Distance From Trump

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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe in 2017.

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Topline: Criminal charges against former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe have been dropped, according to multiple reports Friday, a move that could anger President Trump amid a week of Department of Justice turmoil that included federal prosecutors resigning en masse and a rare rebuke from attorney general Bill Barr.

  • The U.S. attorney’s office opened the criminal investigation following a report from the DOJ’s Inspector General that found McCabe lied to federal officials under oath, and a grand jury heard the case, but it appears McCabe was never indicted.
  • According to the New York Times, the decision to drop McCabe’s case could be a signal that Barr is distancing the DOJ from Trump.
  • The Times reported that Trump believes he was illegally targeted by McCabe and other senior FBI officials when they opened an investigation into whether his 2016 campaign conspired with Russia.
  • Earlier on Friday, Trump tweeted that he has “the legal right” to ask Barr to intervene in DOJ criminal cases, a notion the attorney general rejected in a Thursday ABC News interview.
  • During that interview, Barr said Trump’s Twitter missives “make it impossible to do my job,” and that “it’s time to stop tweeting” about Department of Justice cases, a rare rebuke.
  • Trump has not yet commented on the development, but did retweet himself early Friday morning: “DRAIN THE SWAMP! We want bad people out of our government!”

Crucial quote: “We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, almost two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought,” wrote federal prosecutors in a statement. “We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.”

Key background: The Washington Post reported that McCabe authorized the FBI to personally investigate Trump for obstruction of justice, connected to a probe of whether his presidential campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. However, a 2018 report from the DOJ Inspector General found that McCabe “lacked candor” and violated department policy for leaking information to the media in 2016 about the Clinton Foundation. Although the Inspector General found that McCabe was authorized to release the leaked information publicly, the IG said McCabedid so in order to “advance his personal interest.” After the report’s release, then-attorney general Jeff Sessions fired McCabe a day before he was scheduled to retire. McCabe sued the DOJ in August 2019 for his firing, which he called “politically motivated and retaliatory.” In September 2019, McCabe lost an appeal to avoid the criminal charges. The U.S. attorney’s office declined, however, to tell McCabe if he would actually be indicted, and the case was in limbo until Friday’s development.&nbsp;

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Topline: Criminal charges against former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe have been dropped, according to multiple reports Friday, a move that could anger President Trump amid a week of Department of Justice turmoil that included federal prosecutors resigning en masse and a rare rebuke from attorney general Bill Barr.

  • The U.S. attorney’s office opened the criminal investigation following a report from the DOJ’s Inspector General that found McCabe lied to federal officials under oath, and a grand jury heard the case, but it appears McCabe was never indicted.
  • According to the New York Times, the decision to drop McCabe’s case could be a signal that Barr is distancing the DOJ from Trump.
  • The Times reported that Trump believes he was illegally targeted by McCabe and other senior FBI officials when they opened an investigation into whether his 2016 campaign conspired with Russia.
  • Earlier on Friday, Trump tweeted that he has “the legal right” to ask Barr to intervene in DOJ criminal cases, a notion the attorney general rejected in a Thursday ABC News interview.
  • During that interview, Barr said Trump’s Twitter missives “make it impossible to do my job,” and that “it’s time to stop tweeting” about Department of Justice cases, a rare rebuke.
  • Trump has not yet commented on the development, but did retweet himself early Friday morning: “DRAIN THE SWAMP! We want bad people out of our government!”

Crucial quote: “We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, almost two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought,” wrote federal prosecutors in a statement. “We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.”

Key background: The Washington Post reported that McCabe authorized the FBI to personally investigate Trump for obstruction of justice, connected to a probe of whether his presidential campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election. However, a 2018 report from the DOJ Inspector General found that McCabe “lacked candor” and violated department policy for leaking information to the media in 2016 about the Clinton Foundation. Although the Inspector General found that McCabe was authorized to release the leaked information publicly, the IG said McCabedid so in order to “advance his personal interest.” After the report’s release, then-attorney general Jeff Sessions fired McCabe a day before he was scheduled to retire. McCabe sued the DOJ in August 2019 for his firing, which he called “politically motivated and retaliatory.” In September 2019, McCabe lost an appeal to avoid the criminal charges. The U.S. attorney’s office declined, however, to tell McCabe if he would actually be indicted, and the case was in limbo until Friday’s development.