Obama-appointed DOJ inspector general confirms that McCabe lied despite Biden reversal

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz maintains that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe did indeed lie under oath prior to being fired while Donald Trump was president, even though McCabe’s firing was reversed last week thanks to a settlement he reached with the Biden administration DOJ.

The saga revolves in part around false statements McCabe allegedly made about his involvement in leaking Clinton Foundation-related information to the media in 2016, according to CNN.

A 2018 DOG IG report concluded there was “substantial” evidence that McCabe “knowingly and intentionally” misled investigators, as the Washington Examiner reported. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions thus fired McCabe, right before his scheduled retirement.

McCabe sued the DOJ, and reached a settlement last week that effectively reverses his firing, The New York Times reported.

But despite the settlement, Horowitz, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, stands by the IG report’s findings about McCabe.

“The report concerned an investigation that actually the FBI had initially undertaken involving alleged leaks about information that was potentially damaging to Secretary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign,” he told Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman during a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Thursday. “The FBI internal investigators developed information that they believed, led them to believe that Deputy Director McCabe may have lied to them. They then referred the matter to us, given the position he held at the FBI.

“We assumed the investigation and concluded in a public report that remains on our website and the public can see that Mr. McCabe lied both under oath and not under oath on several occasions when he denied at various points certain key facts and information, including who was the source of the leak.”

Moreover, career DOJ officials agreed that McCabe had lied, Horowitz said.

“I know as to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility head who … is a career employee and actually is a former prosecutor. They adjudicate in the first instance our findings. So our report goes to them. They decide whether they agree with us. They agreed with us on almost all, but actually not all of our findings,” he added.

“So they made their own independent call that, in fact, he lied on multiple occasions, but they didn’t fully find everything we found. They then sent it to — because of Deputy Director McCabe’s position, there’s a different process for him – it went to the Attorney General for review, then Attorney General Sessions,” Horowitz said. “And my understanding is, and this I don’t have complete insight into, but my understanding is that the Attorney General asked a career official in the Office of the Deputy General to handle the review, and that that person recommended removal as well.”

Portman also asked if Horowitz’s report was “influenced by President Trump or anyone in the Trump administration?”

“Absolutely none,” the inspector general replied.

Portman then asked, “What kind of message does this send to FBI agents that a former deputy director was not held accountable for misrepresenting facts under oath?”

“Well, look, I think as an IG that it’s critical that individuals be held accountable for the wrongdoing, no matter what level they’re at in an organization and that it’s particularly incumbent upon us to hold accountable senior officials at the same way we hold accountable less senior officials and newer officials,” Horowitz answered.