Federal Bureau of Investigation director officially announces McCabe replacement, other Federal Bureau of Investigation appointments

Federal Bureau of Investigation director officially announces McCabe replacement, other Federal Bureau of Investigation appointments

Donald Trump has seen the inspector general report issued by the Department of Justice in regards to former FBI Deputy Director #Andrew Mccabe allegedly lying about leaking confidential information to the media.

McCabe was sacked last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was determined that he misled investigators reviewing the bureau's probe of Hillary Clinton's email server.

President Donald Trump had accused McCabe of bias, and the president's critics said McCabe was being fired as part of a Republican effort to discredit a federal probe into alleged ties between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign.

The report focuses on four instances - once with James Comey and 3 times with investigators - where the DOJ concluded that McCabe lied under oath.

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 said the inspector general's investigation into him was accelerated after he told congressional investigators that he could corroborate Comey's accounts of his conversations with Trump.

According to the report, the reporter told FBI officials he had heard that McCabe had given an order to "stand down" on the investigation ahead of the 2016 presidential election, which was days away.

"The core weakness of the OIG report is the lack of any understandable motive for his alleged wrongdoing", said the statement in part.

McCabe denied the report's allegations in a detailed rebuttal, saying that when he believed his answers to the inspector general were misunderstood, he went back and tried to correct them.

Donald Trump and the White House are trying to use the McCabe report to damage James Comey and paint the two as "peas in a pod", in the words of press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In a lengthy statement, Bromwich said the inspector general unfairly tried to conclude its work before McCabe could retire.

A spokesman for the inspector general's office declined to comment.

The inspector general report does not square with the Republican narrative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a politically biased institution since the October 30 story contained derogatory information about Mrs Clinton and underscored Federal Bureau of Investigation interest in investigating her foundation.

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