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Fired FBI Deputy Director McCabe may face charges for misleading investigators

Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, on June 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Two days before becoming eligible for a pension, he was fired on Friday, March 16, 2018. (Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)

Dismissed ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe could face criminal charges for misleading investigators on four occasions about information provided to The Wall Street Journal.

The Justice Department’s inspector general sent a criminal referral to the U.S. attorney in Washington for consideration, according to a Thursday report in The Washington Post.

The U.S. attorney will determine whether McCabe’s actions reached the level of committing a crime.

The inspector general found that McCabe had acted in his own self-interest in authorizing a pair of FBI officials to speak with a reporter about the bureau’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

According to the inspector general, McCabe’s decision failed to meet the FBI standards for a “public interest” exception involving ongoing investigations.

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McCabe was fired in March by Attorney General Jeff Sessions only hours before his planned retirement — costing the federal agent some of his benefits.

McCabe alleged the decision was a politically motivated attempt to ruin his reputation and taint the FBI.

The Justice Department, the U.S. attorney’s office and a McCabe spokesperson all declined to comment on the Post report.

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