Former Assistant FBI Director and current CNN Contributor (man, I love typing that part) looks to be in a LOT of hot water today.
News just broke that U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu is now officially recommended charges by brought against McCabe.
Is this the first domino to fall?
From Fox News:
U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended moving forward with charges against Andrew McCabe, Fox News has learned, as the Justice Department rejects a last-ditch appeal from the former top FBI official.
McCabe -- the former deputy and acting director of the FBI -- appealed the decision of the U.S. attorney for Washington all the way up to Jeffrey Rosen, the deputy attorney general, but the department rejected that request, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The potential charges relate to DOJ inspector general findings against him regarding misleading statements concerning a Hillary Clinton-related investigation.
A source close to McCabe's legal team said they received an email from the Department of Justice which said, "The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney's Office's decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney's Office."
McCabe, who recently was hired as a paid CNN commentator, spent 21 years with the FBI. He became the acting director in May 2017 after President Trump fired former director James Comey.
Last month, a source close to the process told Fox News that McCabe had a "target on his back" because of the Justice Department inspector general findings.
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Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March 2018 after the inspector general found he had repeatedly misstated his involvement in a leak to The Wall Street Journal regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
McCabe has denied any wrongdoing and said the inspector general's conclusions relied on mischaracterizations and omissions, including of information favorable to McCabe.
Last month, McCabe sued the FBI and the Justice Department over his firing, arguing it was part of Trump's plan to rid the bureau of leaders he perceived as disloyal to him. McCabe argued in his complaint that the two officials responsible for demoting and then firing McCabe -- FBI Director Chris Wray and Sessions -- created a pretext to force him out in accordance with the president's wishes.
The stated reason for the firing was that McCabe had misled investigators over his involvement in a news media leak, but McCabe says the real reason was "his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man."
President Trump has been hinting this may be coming:
Meanwhile, options are looking very limited for McCabe as the DOJ rejected his last-ditch appeal.
The Justice Department has rejected appeals by lawyers for fired FBI deputy directorAndrew McCabe, who had urged the department to refrain from seeking an indictment against him for allegedly lying to internal investigators over a disclosure of information to a reporter back in late 2016, sources told ABC News on Thursday.
A source close to McCabe's legal team said they received the following email from the Justice Department Thursday, reading, "The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney's Office's decision in this matter. Any further inquiries should be directed to the United States Attorney's Office."
Another source familiar with the matter confirms that the appeal was rejected.
In the event McCabe is indicted by federal prosecutors, it would be the first instance of the Justice Department bringing criminal charges against a senior law enforcement official involved in the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which President Donald Trump and other conservative allies have described as rife with corruption and political bias.
McCabe, who served as the acting FBI director immediately following the firing of James Comey, has said he personally authorized the counterintelligence and criminal investigation of President Trump in May 2017 over fears he would too be removed.
McCabe was fired from the FBI in March of 2018 just hours before his retirement, after the Department of Justice's inspector general released a report determining that he misled investigators including while under oath.
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The IG said McCabe "lacked candor" specifically about conversations he had regarding a disclosure to the Wall Street Journal about the bureau's investigation of the Clinton Foundation, and referred its findings to federal prosecutors in the spring of 2018.
McCabe has said he never "knowingly misled or lie[d]" to the investigators, but has also acknowledged he lacked clarity and had to correct some of his responses.
Last month, McCabe filed a civil suit against the DOJ and FBI arguing his firing as unjust and politically motivated due to public pressure from President Trump.
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