Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is now facing possible criminal charges for lying under oath about leaks he made to The Wall Street Journal in 2016, in an effort to salvage his reputation and give his account to journalists who were questioning whether he gave a “stand-down” order to FBI agents investigating the Clinton Foundation.

Multiple former FBI officials, along with a Congressional official, say that while there may have been internal squabbling over the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation at the time, there was allegedly another “stand-down” order by McCabe regarding the opening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email for official government business.

McCabe’s stand-down order regarding Clinton’s private email use happened after The New York Times first reported Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules in March 2015 and before the official investigation was requested by the Justice Department toward the end of July 2015.

“McCabe tried to steer people off the private email investigation…”

After The New York Times publication, the FBI Washington Field Office began investigating Clinton’s use of private emails and whether she was using her personal email account to transmit classified information. According to sources, McCabe was overseas when he became aware of the investigation and sent electronic communications voicing his displeasure with the agents.

“McCabe tried to steer people off the private email investigation and that appears to be obstruction and should be investigated,” said one former FBI official with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the investigation. “Now if the information on the ‘stand-down’ order is obtained by the IG that could bring a whole lot of other troubles to McCabe.”

Inspector General Michael Horowitz released the report on McCabe earlier this month and is continuing to investigate the FBI’s role in the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server to conduct government business. Horowitz’s team of investigators have been sifting through more than 1.2 million documents, of which 46,000 are connected to the ongoing investigations, according to several Congressional officials who spoke to this reporter. Of those documents, Congress has received a tiny fraction of the emails pertaining to their oversight investigations.

The body of documents obtained by the Inspector General also include all of McCabe’s communications, congressional officials said.

Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in September 2017 against the FBI for the communications on behalf of retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jeff Danik, as previously reported. Danik spent more than 28 years with the bureau as a supervisor in the counter-terrorism division and special overseas advisor. Thus far, the FBI has failed to abide by a judge’s order to turn over all of former McCabe’s text messages, emails and SMS phone messages.

The DOJ declined to comment on whether McCabe had given a “stand-down” order in either or both investigations into Clinton. The Inspector General, which is expected to issue its second report in May on the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server for government business, does not comment on ongoing investigations.

FBI spokeswoman Carol Cratty declined to comment.

McCabe’s troubles began after the Wall Street Journal first published a story regarding his wife, Jill McCabe, a Democrat, who had an unsuccessful run in a 2015 Virginia State Senate race. According to campaign finance reports obtained by The Wall Street Journal, she received roughly $700,000 from political super PACs connected to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally and personal friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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McCabe, however, was closely involved in the investigations into the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton email server. Members of Congress began questioning McCabe’s possible conflicts of interest, whether or not he had properly disclosed his wife’s campaign funds and if he should have recused himself from the Clinton investigations.

It is later, in a follow-up article by Wall Street Journal author Devlin Barrett, Internal Feud over Hillary Clinton Probe, that Barrett refers to a possible “stand-down” order given by McCabe to FBI agents regarding their ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation. At the time, no-one, including former FBI Director James Comey had officially confirmed the investigation into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe, in an effort to salvage his reputation and rebut the claims against him before the story came out on Oct. 30, 2016, authorized a leak of a phone conversation he had with the Department of Justice in which he claims he pushed back against the DOJ, which he says was fighting against the Bureau’s investigation.

According to Horowitz’s report on McCabe, Barrett’s “article discussed not only the FBI’s handling of the Clinton E-mail Investigation but ‘internal disagreements within the Bureau and the Justice Department surrounding the Clintons’ family philanthropy.'” It stated that “McCabe, in particular, was caught . . . [in] an increasingly acrimonious fight for control between the Justice Department and FBI agents pursuing the Clinton Foundation case.”

The former law enforcement sources who spoke to this reporter said a possible stand-down order on the Clinton Foundation investigation doesn’t preclude another stand-down order from McCabe on the Clinton email server investigation. They noted that it appears from the IG’s report that the Justice Department was attempting to dissuade McCabe from moving forward with the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe said he authorized the disclosure to The Wall Street Journal of his conversation with the DOJ’s Principal Assistant Attorney General (PADAG) in an effort to counter the narrative that he had given a stand-down order on the Bureau’s Clinton Foundation investigation.

Horowitz’s referral on McCabe is the second referral seeking criminal prosecution of McCabe. The first referral was sent this week by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fl, and ten other lawmakers asking for the investigation based on McCabe’s false testimony to investigators.

The evidence collected by Horowitz has raised new questions with Congressional investigators regarding McCabe’s role in the Bureau’s investigations into Clinton and what role President Obama’s Department of Justice may have had in both investigations.

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  1. That would be “Obstruction” for sure.

  2. I think the reason “We The People” are being kept in the dark is a simple one, Statute of Limitations. Unless someone involved in one of these MANY crimes committed Fraud and Embezzlement, Murder, War Crimes, Kidnapping or Treason. This will continue to drag out. I doubt someone involved still owes on a Student Loan. Those are the Six Federal Crimes you can NEVER escape. Before you go jumping all over the term “Treason”. It will NEVER happen. It would be next to impossible to prove, not to mention. We’d all be under ground by the time anyone went to court. The ONLY chance We have as American Citizens for Justice. Is if our President, who has made many choices since taking office, got just one of those right. Jeff Sessions. I’m in my Fifties and I can tell you this much. This is by far the most unbelievable, unforgivable and down right disgusting display of abuse of power that I have ever seen or studied about. (IF) Sessions does his job or (IS) doing his job. I will ONCE witness Equal Justice in my lifetime. If not. Well my friends. We are ALL in a world of trouble!

  3. Ho, hum, another laugher from Sara Carter.
    This post is just another classic Sara Carter, John Solomon, Hannity, Fox News, House Republicans deception and deflection article.
    You can spot them right away by the collection of known facts about anything connected by a lot of conspiracy theory using “may,” “did,” “might,” “it’s possible,” “if true” “sources tell me,” etc., with the sources being Republican congressmen and staffers, and current and former disgruntled knee-jerk Republican/anti-Democrat FBI agents, DOJ personnel, and cops.
    And you’ll note that this Trump investigation deflection distraction article comes just as its been proven that Trump lied to Comey about spending the night in Moscow, how Manafort was on the FBI radar scope before Trump even decided to run, talk of Cohen flipping is increasing (what possibly could there be for Cohen to flip on “innocent” Trump?), …
    Next up from Sara Carter and the Trump deflection/distraction team:

    BREAKING: Did McCabe order the “Hit” on Seth Richards at the behest of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Terry McAuliffe, and George Soros?"

  4. What would happen if texts originating from a FBI agent to several [internals] discussed the assassination (possibility) of the POTUS or member of his family? What if the texts suggest foreign allies were involved? Forget the Russia set up [1 of 22]. This is only the beginning. Be careful what you wish for. AS THE WORLD TURNS. Could messages such as those be publicly disclosed? What happens to the FBI? What happens to the DOJ? What happens to special counsel? What happens in general? Every FBI/DOJ prev case could be challenged. Lawless. Think logically. We haven’t started the drops re: human trafficking / sacrifices [yet][worst]. Those [good] who know cannot sleep. Those [good] who know cannot find peace. Those [good] who know will not rest until those responsible are held accountable. Nobody can possibly imagine the pure evil and corruption out there. Those you trust are the most guilty of sin. Who are we taught to trust? If you are religious, PRAY. 60% must remain private [at least] - for humanity. These people should be hanging.

  5. What if it was Muller and McCabe’s intent to divert us away from the “Project Pelican” issue at Port Canaveral, Florida and the appointment of a Muslim Brotherhood member by the Obama maladministration to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)?

    Aimen Nabi Mir, former two-time president of the youth wing of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), was appointed into the top advisory position to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a national security post at the Treasury Department. (EXCLUSIVE: Obama Appointed Islamic Society Official To Approve Russian Uranium Sale and Gulftainer Port Deal By Mary Fanning and Alan Jones, Oct 25, 2017”

    Aimen Mir was the CFIUS Staff Chairperson from 2009 until 2014. During Mir’s five years in the staff chairperson’s seat, CFIUS approved Russia’s 2010 purchase of Uranium One, effectively handing Vladimir Putin control of 20 percent of America’s uranium. Also during Mir’s term, the Treasury Department refused to conduct two legally-required CFIUS investigations of Port Canaveral’s 2014 container terminal lease concession to the UAE’s Gulftainer.
    How could this man get a top-secret security clearance? Could it be possible it was influenced by McCabe and Muller?
    Is there a link between U.S. government inter-agency review board called the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) whose responsibility is to conduct a thorough review of any commercial acquisition of U.S. infrastructure or property by a foreign entity that may have national security implications? The CFIUS staff chairperson was a Pakistani ex-patriate named Aimen Nabi Mir, who has direct connections to both the Pakistani intelligence service and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.
    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/exclusive-obama-appointed-islamic-society-official-approve-russian-uranium-sale-gulftainer-port-deal

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