by WorldTribune Staff, April 16, 2018
In a much-anticipated report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz also detailed how the Obama DOJ attempted to shut down the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation.
According to Horowitz’s report, which was released on April 13, McCabe was called by a Justice Department principal associate deputy attorney general (PADAG) who pressed McCabe to suppress the probe.
McCabe then authorized FBI officials to leak information on the Aug. 12, 2016 call.
The IG’s report said the FBI in 2016 had ongoing field investigations of the Clinton Foundation in New York, Los Angeles, Little Rock, and Washington, D.C.
According to Horowitz, McCabe sought to save his own hide at the expense of others when he decided to leak information about the FBI’s probe of the Clinton Foundation.
“McCabe’s disclosure was an attempt to make himself look good by making senior department leadership, specifically the Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, look bad,” the IG said.
Horowitz, an Obama appointee, said the phone call between McCabe and the senior Justice Department official was acrimonious. “McCabe acknowledged that the PADAG call was a very memorable event in McCabe’s career. It involved a dramatic confrontation between McCabe and the principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, one of the highest ranking officials in the Department. McCabe told the OIG that, despite his long career in the FBI, he had never had a conversation ‘like this one’ with a high level Department of Justice official before or since August 12, 2016.”
Horowitz also noted then-FBI Director James Comey’s refusal to acknowledge the bureau’s Clinton Foundation investigation: “Before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 7, 2016, FBI Director Comey refused to answer questions about whether the FBI was investigating the Clinton Foundation. Comey stated that he was ‘not going to comment on the existence or nonexistence’ of the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation.”
“Similarly, in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on September 28, 2016, Comey refused to confirm or deny two different investigations during an FBI oversight hearing. He stated: “our standard is we do not confirm or deny the existence of investigations,” Horowitz’s report said.
The FBI launched the investigation after agents found “suspicious activity” between a foreign donor and Clinton Foundation activity in the Los Angeles area, as The Daily Caller News Foundation reported in August 2016.