The FBI and all other government agencies are supposed to be about serving the public interest of the United States and her citizens. That is a generally accepted truism within the Republic. For months now, we the people have seen one example after another of public officials being anything but interested in the public with their maneuvers – and now we have a report from the Inspector General of the Department of Justice that outlines how one official, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, acted in that manner.
Note: this report released on Friday is not to be confused with the full Inspector General’s report on other matters that is widely anticipated to be explosive in its scope and revelations. This is a different, but related release.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz, appointed to the post by President Obama, had been reviewing the FBI and DOJ’s actions leading up to the 2016 election. On Friday, the IG published a separate report on McCabe’s actions related to leaks about the FBI’s probe into the Clinton Foundation, which said that McCabe misled investigators about leaks and did so in a way that did not fall under a “public interest” exemption.
“[W]e concluded that McCabe’s decision to confirm the existence of the CF Investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior Department official in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception,” the report says….
The report on McCabe found that McCabe authorized a leak to a Wall Street Journal reporter about the contents of a telephone call in August 2016.
“Among the purposes of the disclosure was to rebut a narrative that had been developing following a story in the WSJ on October 23, 2016, that questioned McCabe’s impartiality in overseeing FBI investigations involving [Clinton], and claimed that McCabe had ordered the termination of the [FBI’s Clinton Foundation investigation] due
to Department of Justice pressure,” the report says.
A-HA! Since the narrative in many circles now is that she, Hillary Clinton, was not supposed to lose, it certainly looks like Andy McCabe was trying to help himself out along with the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. An honest look at the Clinton Foundation books was bound to turn up some dirt that simply would not wash off. The fact that there was such a probe was bad enough, let alone what it might produce. And then there was the matter of actually admitting that the “matter” existed in the first place.
Within this section of all the scandals, the Inspector General has agreed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that McCabe “lacked candor,” not once, but many times. THAT was what led to his firing. Nothing else. It was not political. McCabe was political in the ways he tried to control a communications issue.