Trump slams fired FBI Deputy Director McCabe

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McCabe was sacked March 16 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just two days before he was to retire with a full federal pension. Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.

Mr. McCabe has disputed the report, and issued a point-by-point rebuttal Friday. "He LIED! LIED! LIED!" This, according to the report, included not being upfront with Comey in a conversation the day after the article appeared and later misleading Federal Bureau of Investigation inspectors.

"No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes", the president said.

"According to the Inspector General report, Mr. McCabe repeatedly lied under oath about the disclosure of information to a reporter".

The report, written by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, said McCabe "lacked candor" in conversations with Comey and other officials about his green-lighting the sharing information with a Wall Street Journal reporter who was working on a story about an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe disputes that finding, saying that he had full authority to disclose such information.

"The termination of Mr McCabe was completely unjustified".

McCabe was sacked by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, two days before his scheduled retirement.

The Justice Department inspector general launched its review of the FBI's handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email server while secretary of state, in January 2017.

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Trump fumed in an exclamation point-ridden tweet that McCabe "LIED!"

Democrats have emphasized that McCabe's dismissal has nothing to do with the special counsel's investigation into Trump and Russian Federation, while raising questions about the firing.

Bromwich criticized the inspector general investigation for leaning too much on the "admittedly vague and uncertain" recollections of Comey about what McCabe told him.

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee responded to the release of the report by attacking Republicans.

Andrew McCabe has always been under fire, specifically by Republicans who have voiced conflict-of-interest complaints over McCabe's ties to the Democratic Party.

"I can't disregard his actions, but I'm disappointed the context wasn't given more weight", she said in a statement. The official said McCabe was "angry". During that interview, McCabe again said he didn't authorize the disclosure and didn't know who did. Trump reportedly phoned Cohen to "check in", the Times reports.

Republican critics have already seized on revelations that two FBI officials who worked on the Russian Federation investigation, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, exchanged text messages that were sharply critical of Trump.

The IG also concluded that McCabe's "disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in the manner described in this report violated the FBI's and the Department's media policy and constituted misconduct". In particular, McCabe authorized Special Counsel and AD/OPA to disclose to Barrett the contents of a telephone call that had occurred on August 12, 2016, between McCabe and the then-Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General ("PADAG").

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