According to news stories emanating from the “Washington swamp,” during the last few months Justice Department prosecutors have been utilizing a specially formed grand jury to conduct a criminal investigation of fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who is accused of being intentionally deceptive regarding an unauthorized leak.
Witnesses have already been notified that they may be called to provide testimony if the case against McCabe goes to trial, according to the report.
Attorney General Sessions fired McCabe on March 16, 2018, after the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a criminal referral alleging that McCabe lied at least four times — twice after being sworn in — about authorizing leaks to the press about Trump. The leaks were based on unsubstantiated accusations contained in the now infamous “Trump Dirty Dossier” put together by Fusion GBS originally for the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR),” Sessions said in a statement at the time.
“The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions,” said Sessions, a former U.S. Senator.
In statement released following his firing was announced, McCabe said: “This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”
McCabe also faces the probe about when his wife, Jill, was running for the Virginia State Senate in 2015. During the campaign, she accepted a donation from a political action committee controlled by Governor Terry McAuliffe, a friend and supporter of Hillary Clinton’s. Trump tweeted about it.
Many law enforcement professionals say they believe that McCabe leaked old Fusion GPS information about Trump to the press so he could use newly discovered “information” as a means to get FISA warrants and start other FBI investigative processes.