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Politics Justice Dept. won’t charge Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official who authorized the investigation of President Trump

19:46  14 february  2020
19:46  14 february  2020 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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The Justice Department plans to reveal soon that it will not bring charges against former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe for lying to investigators about a media disclosure, people familiar with the matter said, ending a long-running inquiry into a top law enforcement official who authorized the bureau to investigate President Trump and soon became the commander in chief’s political punching bag.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a news conference to announce significant law enforcement actions in July 2017.© Alex Wong/Getty Images Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a news conference to announce significant law enforcement actions in July 2017.

The department could make the decision public in the coming days, the people said, though the exact mechanism for their doing so remains unclear. The move will surely infuriate Trump, who has raged publicly and privately in recent months that McCabe and others he considers political enemies should be charged with crimes.

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McCabe authorized the FBI to begin investigating President Trump personally for possible obstruction of justice in connection with the probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

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But the veteran law enforcement official later himself became the focus of a grand jury probe over allegations from the Justice Department inspector general that he lied to investigators exploring a media disclosure. The investigation was led by the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office; a spokesman for that office declined to comment Friday.

Trump-Barr divide worsens as the president bucks a request to stop tweeting, and the Justice Dept. declines to charge his political foe

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What exactly happened in the case remains unclear. Justice Department officials authorized prosecutors to seek an indictment of McCabe last year, and in September, a grand jury that had been hearing evidence was summoned back after a months-long hiatus to consider the case. But the day came and went with no public charges being filed. McCabe’s legal team sought to press the Justice Department for a status update, but were told nothing.

The media disclosure at issue came in the fall of 2016, a particularly fraught period in the bureau when officials were wrapping up an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state and starting to ramp up the Russia case.

McCabe authorized two FBI officials to speak for a Wall Street Journal report detailing tension inside the FBI and Justice Department over the Clinton email case and a separate investigation of the Clinton family foundation. But he initially denied having done so when FBI officials — and, later, the inspector general’s office — tried to determine who might have spoken to the media.

The inspector general accused McCabe of lying at least four times, three of them under oath, and even misleading former FBI Director James B. Comey, his boss.

Trump decries lack of 'fairness' in Stone trial ahead of sentencing .
President Trump on Thursday said there had been a lack of fairness in the legal process for Roger Stone as his longtime confidant was about to be sentenced in federal court. © Getty Trump decries lack of 'fairness' in Stone trial ahead of sentencing The president tweeted as proceedings in Stone's sentencing got underway, questioning why the conservative provocateur was facing jail time for lying to Congress while FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe have not faced charges for separate, unrelated incidents."They say Roger Stone lied to Congress.

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