A criminal indictment of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been recommended by the Justice Department for his leaking information to a journalist and then lying about it four times under oath to investigators.
US Attorney for Washington DC Jessie Liu passed along the charges to Attorney General William Barr in mid July. Last month McCabe appealed the decision to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but Rosen dismissed the appeal.
McCabe allegedly leaked to Devlin Barrett of the Wall St. Journal, according to Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report.
The IG faulted McCabe for leaking information on an Oct. 30, 2016 story titled “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe.” The story broke mere days before the presidential election.
Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018 for lying to investigators about the leak.
Horowitz also charged McCabe, who now works for CNN, with “lacking candor” in stating to then-FBI Director James Comey that he did not authorized the disclosure of the reopened probe and didn’t know who leaked it to Barrett.
The IG report also said McCabe lacked candor during questioning by FBI agents on multiple occasions.