A watchdog organization that has been uncovering Washington, D.C.’s misdeeds for years says the American public is losing faith in its government after a top FBI official is escaping punishment for repeatedly lying under oath.
Federal prosecutors announced last week they have declined to charge Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, despite an inspector general’s report concluded he repeatedly lied to federal investigators about leaking information to the media.
The announcement closes the Department of Justice investigation into McCabe, who was fired in March 2018 when the IG report concluded that he “lacked candor” – government speak for lying – when questioned under oath.
Chris Farrell, director of investigations and research for Judicial Watch, says they have McCabe dead to rights with the IG report and an FBI report, and both documents confirm he lied under oath.
“He perjured himself,” Farrell says of McCabe. “And how you get a pass as one of the senior most FBI officials in the entire organization, and you're caught lying repeatedly, and everybody kind of shrugs and goes okay, well, never mind?”
Meanwhile, it is literally a federal crime to lie to a federal investigator, such as an FBI agent, as part of an investigation. When two Dallas police officers lied to the FBI about working with a drug kingpin in 2017, The Dallas Morning News turned to a former federal prosecutor about the reach of the federal law.
“The essential role of the FBI is to help the rule of law be adhered to,” the attorney told the newspaper, “and when individuals give false or misleading statements, that can cause the investigation to go into all sorts of directions and impact innocent people. The ripple effect can be very harmful.”
Writing at National Review, former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy recalls that “apologists” for McCabe have claimed the 21-year-law enforcement veteran did not intend to lie and was distracted by his high-level responsibilities. Yet the FBI didn’t give Michael Flynn that courtesy, he points out, since he didn’t have an attorney present during a visit by FBI agents.
Who called Flynn to arrange that meeting? Andrew McCabe.
According to McCarthy, the FBI also ditched its own protocol for interviewing a member of the President’s staff.
“It will be a while before we learn the whole story of why the Justice Department walked away from the McCabe case, if we ever do,” McCarthy writes.
Farrell tells OneNewsNow the disparity of treatment between McCabe and Roger Stone, the former Trump associate, could not be any more obvious.
“He's accused of basically making a bad joke to a guy about killing his dog, that the guy didn't even take seriously, and not remembering something,” Farrell says of Stone. “Those are essentially the crimes that he's accused of committing, and they want to lock him up for a longer period of time than most persons convicted of murder."
Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents related to the Stone case.