The FBI’s former Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe, stepped into the spotlight when he was accused of giving unauthorized disclosures to the media and lying to investigators.
His termination was recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility after it was revealed that McCabe improperly disclosed sensitive information about the Clinton Foundation investigation to The Wall Street Journal. McCabe was also found to have misled investigators about the disclosure, which also played a role in his termination.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said in an interview that the OPR discovered that McCabe lied to investigators four separate times.
“McCabe lied to his superiors and investigators four times: to Comey in October 2016; to FBI investigators in May 2017; and to the Office of the Inspector General twice, beginning in the summer,” Townhall reported.
However, new evidence against McCabe has come to light. In 2015, McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, ran for a Virginia State Senate seat. FBI officials are forbidden from engaging in or advocating for any political activity while on duty.
In a Dec. 2017 letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the following:
“According to guidance from the DOJ’s Departmental Ethics Office, under 5 C.F.R. § 734.101-702, FBI employees are forbidden from ‘engag[ing] in political activity while on duty, in a federal facility, wearing a uniform or official insignia, or using a federally-owned or leased vehicle…’
The guidance also states that ‘further restricted’ employees such as those at the FBI:
…may not use any e-mail account or social media to distribute, send or forward content that advocates for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office or partisan political group (* at all times, further restricted employees may not post links to web sites created by or leading to information created by a political party, partisan candidate or campaign)”
Moreover, information released by the FBI indicates that McCabe did engage in email communications using his FBI email account to discuss and support his wife’s political agenda.
Grassley’s letter continues by saying:
“For instance, in an August 19, 2015, e-mail from his FBI e-mail account to an undisclosed recipient, he wrote: ‘Jill has been busy as hell since she decided to run for VA state senate (long story). Check her out on Facebook as Dr. Jill McCabe for Senate.’ In a November 1, 2015, e-mail from his same FBI email account to an FBI employee, Mr. McCabe wrote: ‘I am so proud of her. She will do a great job for VA if she gets elected.’”
McCabe’s use of his professional email account to push for his wife’s campaign is in direct violation with the policies of the Hatch Act and the DOJ’s Departmental Ethics Office.
Fox News reports that “the political action committee for then-Virginia Governor McAuliffe, a Democrat and Clinton ally, donated $467,500 to her campaign, while the Virginia Democratic party gave $207,788, The Journal reported. Andrew McCabe was associate deputy director of the FBI at the time.”
After Mrs. McCabe’s campaign ended, where she lost to her opponent, Mr. McCabe was promoted to deputy director. He was then tasked with heading the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
It was noted by House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz that a Virginia fundraiser for Mrs. McCabe was headlined by Clinton in June 2015.
There are rightful questions being asked about possible conflicts of interest during Mrs. McCabe’s political run and Mr. McCabe’s investigation into the Clinton email fiasco.
“These new documents show that the FBI leadership was politicized and compromised in its handling of the Clinton email investigation,” said Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton. “It is well past time for a do-over on the Clinton emails that requires a new, honest criminal investigation of her misconduct.”