Trump tweets he 'never fired' Comey over Russian Federation, contradicting reports about memo

AP source Ex-FBI No. 2 official wrote memo on Comey firing
McCabe Gave Mueller a Secret Memo that Could Contain Crucial Information About Trump Firing Comey: Report

02 June, 2018

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said McCabe had not been forthcoming in regard to the handling of the FBI's probe.

In a statement to The Washington Post, McCabe's attorney Michael Bromwich said that he was confident that the U.S. Attorney's Office would ultimately conclude that McCabe had done nothing wrong.

Although Comey's interview is significant, it does not indicate that prosecutors have reached a conclusion, according to reports.

The Inspector General also is looking at Comey's decision to send Congress a letter in late October 2016 announcing that the investigation had been reopened to search files found on a computer used by Anthony Weiner, who was being investigated for sex crimes and whose wife, Huma Abedin was one of Clinton's closest aides.

The report doesn't list out Mueller's personal salary, but Peter Carr, spokesman for the special counsel's office, said he is paid the same as any USA attorney. "Our view has not changed".

He added that "leaks concerning specific investigative steps the US Attorney's Office has allegedly taken are extremely disturbing".

McCabe and the Justice Department declined to comment to the Times.

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Even before the allegations against him, McCabe had become a lightning rod in the political battles over the Federal Bureau of Investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller III's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In the past, President Donald Trump has criticized McCabe for political donations his wife received from an ally of Hillary Clinton. McCabe was sacked in March.

McCabe and Comey are at odds over the inspector general's findings. Comey has said he "could well be a witness" against McCabe if McCabe were ever charged and tried. The sort of announcement that Comey made then is typically left to the Justice Department. McCabe wrote a memo documenting the conversation. McCabe reportedly thought this suggested that Comey's termination may be tied to the Russian Federation investigation, which raises questions of whether the president's decision constitutes obstruction of justice.

In a separate tweet Thursday, Trump continued to insist that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had spied on his 2016 campaign and claimed that the media "is working overtime" to avoid reporting about it. There is no evidence to suggest however, that Halper was inserted into the Trump campaign, as the president has suggested.

McCabe's interactions with Rosenstein could complicate any potential prosecution of McCabe because Rosenstein would likely be involved in a final decision on filing charges. DOJ investigators say McCabe was not forthcoming when they asked him about it.

Trump's apparent attempt to squash the Russian Federation investigation only backfired, as the explosive firing has since become a central focus for Mueller amid questions over whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

McCabe was sacked in March, hours before he was set to retire with a pension.

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