The Justice Department will not bring charges against former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe for lying to investigators about a media disclosure, according to people familiar with the matter and McCabe’s legal team, ending a long-running inquiry into a top law enforcement official who authorized the bureau to investigate President Trump and soon became the commander in chief’s political punching bag.
Side note: This is a news story, not an opinion piece, yet it calls McCabe Trump’s “political punching bag.” A sign that the media (some of it) are coming off their ridiculous “both sides” fence.
The move will surely infuriate Trump, who has raged publicly and privately in recent months that McCabe and others he considers political enemies should be charged with crimes.
According to WaPo, DOJ has not (yet) made a public announcement about the case.
The department revealed the decision to McCabe’s team on Friday; it was unclear if there were other plans to make it public.
The news came from McCabe’s lawyers, who issued this statement:
“We learned this morning through a phone call from the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office that was followed by a letter that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of Andrew McCabe has been closed. This means that no charges will be brought against him based on the facts underlying the Office of the Inspector General’s April 2018 report. At long last, justice has been done in this matter. We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, almost two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought. We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.” talkingpointsmemo.com/…
This NBC New York story includes a snapshot of the DOJ letter.