"LIED! LIED!" after the Justice Department's inspector general published a report alleging that the ex-deputy director misled investigators about his role in a news media disclosure about Hillary Clinton days before the 2016 election.
McCabe and Comey - whose May 2017 axing by Trump has been a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible obstruction of justice on the part of the president - have been frequent targets of Trump's ire. The report also says that McCabe told investigators he had informed Comey in October 2016 that he had authorized a discussion of the conversation, while Comey testified that he did not recall McCabe doing so. "No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!" the president wrote on Friday afternoon.
The document also found that McCabe was not forthcoming with the agency or Congress about the media leak.
In a tweet sent out on April 13, Donald Trump wasted no time ripping into Andrew McCabe, as well as James Comey just hours after the former FBI Director claimed that the infamous "pee tape' dossier could be legitimate". Bromwich blamed the other instance of lacking candor, related to a conversation between McCabe and Comey, on Comey's "admittedly vague and uncertain recollection of those discussions".
The Office of Professional Responsibility proposed the termination based on the findings of the inspector general. McCabe says that when he believed his answers to the inspector general were misunderstood, he went back and tried to correct them.
McCabe's anonymous disclosure, the report concludes, "violated the FBI's and the Department's media policy and constituted misconduct".More news: NZ stops offshore oil and gas exploration to tackle climate change
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The IG found that in late October 2016, McCabe authorized the disclosure to a reporter of an August 23, 2016, telephone call between McCabe and the then-principal associate deputy attorney general "to rebut a narrative that had been developing" following a Wall Street Journal story "that questioned McCabe's impartiality in overseeing FBI investigations" into Clinton's email server.
McCabe was "ticked about leaks" in the Journal article, The New York official told the office of the inspector general.
The inspector general's report does not square with the Republican narrative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a politically biased institution, as the story - which was published on October 30 past year - contained derogatory information about Clinton and her foundation.
McCabe called the Washington official and "admonished him regarding leaks in the article", the official said.
A lawyer for Mr McCabe, Michael Bromwich, said he is considering filing a defamation lawsuit against Mr Trump and his "colleagues".
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the report makes it clear that "Sessions made the right decision" in firing McCabe. Mueller removed Strzok from the Russian Federation inquiry after the texts were discovered, and Page had already left his team. McCabe told the official to "get his house in order".