Disgraced former FBI Deputy Director and current CNN contributor, Andrew McCabe now admits that he lied about leaking information to the media.
McCabe has now apologized for lying to agents, who spent weeks investigating the source of a leak to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that actually came from him.
Shortly before the 2016 election, The WSJ reported that an FBI investigation was underway involving then-candidate Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
In May of 2017 McCabe denied that it was he who was the source of the leak.
But documents released by the FBI now show that he later fessed up, angering bureau investigators who had been spinning their wheels trying to identify the source of the leak. The documents showed McCabe admitted to misleading investigators during his August 2017 interview.
During that interview, McCabe was questioned about two media leaks on the same day that James Comey was fired. McCabe was reportedly asked if he knew how FBI information ended up in the 2016 WSJ article. He initially denied knowing about the leak, but he walked back his claim in a later interview.
Subsequently, the DOJ watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility, who obtained and released the documents under a Freedom of Information Act request, found that McCabe had indeed directed FBI lawyer Lisa Page to share the information he had publicly denied.
“I’ve said from the very beginning I absolutely reject that report, because I never intentionally mislead anyone about anything,” said McCabe. “I will not stand up and claim that I’ve done something I didn’t do.”
But, according to the released FBI documents, McCabe was blamed for sidetracking the bureau’s work by one of the agents conducting the interview, to whom McCabe the apologized. The transcript of the interview in the released documents reads:
“I remember saying to him, at, I said, ‘Sir, you understand that we’ve put a lot of work into this based on what you told us,’” the agent said.
“I mean, and I even said, long nights and weekends working on this, trying to find out who amongst your ranks of trusted people would, would do something like that.’ And he kind of just looked down, kind of nodded, and said ‘Yeah I’m sorry.”
The transcript is among a release of the documents from the DOJ, that catalog the reasons for McCabe’s firing that were requested by the watchdog group.
Lying to the feds is a crime, but McCabe has not been charged, and he has since sued the FBI and DOJ over his firing.