Andrew McCabe. (YouTube) (CNSNews.com) -- As deputy FBI director, Andrew McCabe received a phone call on August 12, 2016 -- less than three months before the presidential election -- from the Obama Justice Department, in which he apparently was pressured to shut down the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation (CF), an organization that some critics allege was used as a multi-million dollar pay-for-play operation to buy access to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
On Friday, April 13, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Justice issued a report on McCabe, detailing how he had "lacked candor," even under oath, on four occassions that dealt with a leak to the Wall Street Journal. For this misconduct the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions did on January 29, 2018.
However, the OIG also reports that the FBI was investigating the Clinton Foundation in 2016, an election year involving Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She already was being investigated for her illicit use of a private email server -- by McCabe and other FBI agents -- when she was Secretary of State under President Barack Obama.
The OIG report states, "McCabe told the OIG that on August 12, 2016, he received a telephone call from PADAG [Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General] regarding the FBI’s handling of the CF Investigation (the “PADAG call”).
Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. (YouTube)
"McCabe said that PADAG expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps in the CF [Clinton Foundation] Investigation during the presidential campaign.
"According to McCabe, he pushed back, asking 'are you telling me that I need to shut down a validly predicated investigation?'
"McCabe told us that the conversation was 'very dramatic' and he never had a similar confrontation like the PADAG call with a high level Department official in his entire FBI career."
Why is a top official from the Obama Justice Department apparently pressuring then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to shut down the Bureau's investigation of the Clinton Foundation?
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by President Trump in January 2017
for refusing to enforce administration policy. (YouTube)
Commenting on the matter, J. Christian Adams, an attorney who formerly served (2005-2008) in the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, said, "This is a top-level DOJ official who called the FBI and said shut down the Hillary [Clinton] Foundation investigation."
"What kind of Justice Deaprtment do we have, that a couple weeks before the election, that presidential political appointees are calling the No. 2 guy at the FBI, essentially saying, give Hillary a pass?" said Adams. "That's in the OIG report! That's the real bombshell!"
The Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General serves under the deputy attorney general. In 2016, the deputy attorney general was Sally Yates.
She was fired by President Trump on Jan. 30, 2017 because she refused to enforce the administration's policy on limiting immigration from certain countries.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. (YouTube)
The Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General in 2016 was Bill Baer. But it is not known whether he was the person who called McCabe on Aug. 12, 2016.
Baer was initally selected by President Barack Obama in 2012 to serve as assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division. Baer currently works at the law firm Arnold & Porter.
Funniest part is even if what he and his lawyer are saying is true it still doesn't change the fact he lied to the OIG under oath 3 or 4 times. It only changes the case against him for leaking. He is still looking at multiple felonies.
It's becomming more difficult for Liberals and Washington power players to ignore it.
They both ignored America during the 2106 presidential campaign and the results shocked them. It appears though the shock wasn't enough to wake them up, or they don't care to hear from America. They have their own agenda and it doesn't include us.
Then candidate Donald Trump along with key support from members of the FBI and DOJ used a fake document, written by a foreign group with ties to Russia, paid for by the Trump campaign, supported a FISA request to spy on both Hillary Clinton, her campaign staff, and President Obama?
Criminal charges for McCabe: reports
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has issued a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney's Office in D.C. related to fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a lawyer for McCabe confirmed on Thursday.
McCabe was informed of the referral "within the past few weeks," according to the lawyer, Michael Bromwich, who called it "unjustified" and noted that "the standard for an IG referral is very low."
It is not clear whether the U.S. attorney's office has acted on the referral, which came after the inspector general concluded that McCabe had lied to internal investigators and former FBI Director James Comey over his contacts with the media during the 2016 election.
Referrals don't guarantee charges will be brought or require prosecutors to act in any way. McCabe and his lawyers have met with staff members from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Bromwich said.
Spokesmen for Horowitz's office, the U.S. attorney's office and the Justice Department all declined to comment.
Horowitz last week issued a scathing report of McCabe's conduct at the FBI, alleging that he authorized a leak to the media in order to "advance his personal interests" and then misled internal investigators and Comey about the matter.
Lying to federal investigators is a federal crime and the report was seen by some analysts as a roadmap for federal charges against McCabe.
McCabe has disputed the charges as politically motivated and said he did not intentionally mislead anyone. His attorney responded immediately on Friday, saying the report “utterly failed to support the decision to terminate Mr. McCabe."
According to the report, McCabe led Comey to believe that he had not authorized the disclosures that lead to the media story in question and did not know who did. He allegedly made the same statement to internal investigators when questioned under oath months later — only to later correct his statement to the inspector general's investigators.
“We found it extremely unlikely, as McCabe now claims, that he not only told Comey about his decision to authorize the disclosure, but that Comey thought it was a ‘good’ idea for McCabe to have taken that action,” the report states.
The report was met with glee by conservatives as well as President Trump, who tweeted that the report was a "disaster" that showed McCabe"lied! lied! lied!" and that "McCabe is Comey!"
A group of 11 House conservatives recently issued their own referral on McCabe — and a large group of other Obama-era officials — asking for an investigation into whether he committed perjury and other crimes.That referral was made to AttorneyGeneral Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber.
McCabe has been a target on the right following the revelation that his wife, Jill, received political donations from Hillary Clinton ally and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in a failed state Senate campaign.
The campaign predated McCabe's stint as deputy director of the FBI, when he had a leadership role in the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server and the Clinton Foundation.
The inspector general report reveals that he recused himself from the two investigations just days before the election. Updated at 4:42 p.m.