The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General on Thursday sent the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia a criminal referral regarding former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, CNN’s Pamela Brown reports.
NEWS: The Justice Office of the Inspector General has sent a criminal referral regarding Andrew McCabe to the US attorney office in DC. per @PamelaBrownCNN
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McCabe’s attorney has defended the former deputy director against an internal watchdog report that criticized him for misleading former FBI director James Comey about a leak to the Wall Street Journal.
“Neither Mr. Comey nor the OIG is infallible, and in this case neither of them has it right,” McCabe’s attorney Michael Bromwich said in a statement.
The decision to refer McCabe for criminal investigation comes amid an enduring drum beat from Donald Trump and his supporters. Wednesday, Republican members of Congress urged the DOJ to launch criminal investigations of McCabe, Comey, Hillary Clinton, and Loretta Lynch.