The Inspector General’s report on Andrew McCabe reveals a phone call he got reprimanding him for the Clinton Foundation investigation.
In August 2016, amid an ongoing Clinton Foundation investigation, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe received a phone call from the principal associate deputy attorney general Matthew Axelrod. Whatever McCabe’s problems, he told the IG that he considered that call way over the line. Axelrod was angry with the FBI for investigating the Clinton Foundation and was calling to say so.
Other experts agree with McCabe that such a call is wrong. Yet Axelrod did it anyway.
Did he act on his own without fearing any possible consequences? Or was he ordered or pressured to try to get the investigation stopped?
The Washington Times reports, “Obama Justice Dept.’s attempts to influence investigations exposed in McCabe probe.”
Tucked inside the inspector general’s report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the story of an August 2016 phone call from a high-ranking Justice Department official who Mr. McCabe thought was trying to shut down the FBI’s probe into the Clinton Foundation at a time when Hillary Clinton was running for president.
The official was “very pissed off” at the FBI, the report says […].
Former FBI officials said the fact that a call was made is even more stunning than its content.
James Wedick, who conducted corruption investigations at the bureau, said during 35 years there he never fielded a call from the Justice Department about any of his cases. He said it suggested interference.
“It is bizarre – and that word can’t be used enough – to have the Justice Department call the FBI’s deputy director and try to influence the outcome of an active corruption investigation,” he said. “They can have some input, but they shouldn’t be operationally in control like it appears they were from this call.”
Although the inspector general report did not identify the official, sources at both former FBI and Justice Department officials identified him as Matthew Axelrod, who was the principal associate deputy attorney general — the title the IG report did use.
As it was, Mr. McCabe thought the call was out of bounds.
He told the inspector general that during the Aug. 12, 2016, call the principal associate deputy attorney general expressed concerns about FBI agents taking overt steps in the Clinton Foundation investigation during the presidential campaign.
“According to McCabe, he pushed back, asking ‘are you telling me that I need to shut down a validly predicated investigation?’” the report said. “McCabe told us that the conversation was ‘very dramatic’ and he never had a similar confrontation like the PADAG call with a high-level department official in his entire FBI career.”
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com