(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department has informed former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe that it will not be seeking charges again him for allegedly lying to internal investigators several years ago.
McCabe was fired from the FBI on March 16, 2018, after the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that McCabe misled investigators looking into how Justice Department and FBI officials handled matters associated with the 2016 presidential election.
Reacting on CNN, where he is now a contributor, McCabe said that it was an “absolute disgrace” that it took two years for the Justice Department to reach what he called the “obvious conclusion” — that he said could have been drawn “a long, long time ago.”
“Just so glad that my kids don’t have to live with this anymore,” McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s wrath, said.
McCabe filed a civil suit against the Department of Justice and the FBI in August, arguing his firing was unjust and politically motivated.
The suit, which also names Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray as defendants, claims that McCabe faced “unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man,” apparently a reference to President Donald Trump.
McCabe served briefly as the bureau’s director after his predecessor, James Comey, was fired. McCabe has long defended his actions, insisting he did his best to relay accurate information to those investigators.
Barr intervened Tuesday to reverse a sentencing recommendation made by prosecutors in the case of longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.
Following that unprecedented intervention, all four line prosecutors withdrew from the case in protest, with one resigning from the Justice Department entirely.
Facing the prospect of potential further resignations, Barr spoke out Thursday in an interview with ABC News in which he admonished President Donald Trump for tweets attacking a district judge and congratulating Barr for “taking control” of the Stone case.
“To have public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people in the department, our men and women here, about cases pending in the department, and about judges before whom we have cases, make it impossible for me to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we’re doing our work with integrity,” Barr said.
It’s unclear whether Barr’s criticism also alluded to the office’s investigation of McCabe, whom Trump has targeted in dozens of tweets and in his public statements complaining about the Russia investigation.
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