Investigators from the Department of Justice (DOJ) have interviewed former FBI Director James Comey in response to a criminal referral against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. They specifically want to know more in their probe on whether McCabe broke the law and misled federal agents.
The investigators are with the DC U.S. Attorney’s Office. They also asked Comey on allegations that he may have authorized leaks to the media. McCabe could be charged and face up to 5 years in jail for possibly lying under oath on three separate occasions.
The Daily Caller reports:
Comey’s questioning is a reflection of the seriousness with which investigators are approaching the McCabe case, according to WaPo.
“A little more than a month ago, we confirmed that we had been advised that a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office had been made regarding Mr. McCabe,” McCabe lawyer Michael R. Bromwich told WaPo in a statement. “We said at that time that we were confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office would conclude that it should decline to prosecute. Our view has not changed.”
McCabe claims he never misled anyone. In April the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz accused McCabe of breaking the law when he allegedly misled federal agents. The IG does not have the power to charge anyone though so we have to wait and see if the probe results in criminal charges being filed.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe on March 16th as a result of a recommendation by the DOJ.