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>> Of the FBI.>> Andrew McCabe, the former embattled FBI Deputy Director who Trump fired just one day before his retirement, may be facing even more problems. The Justice Department Inspector General has referred its findings to the U.S. Attorneys Office in Washington for possible criminal prosecution. A source tells Reuters the referral comes nearly after the IG said it concluded that McCabe misled investigators over leaks to a journalist about the existence of a 2016 probe into the Clinton Foundation.
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And while the leak may have hurt Clinton, President Trump has been no fan of McCabe's, who was James Comey's number two at the bureau. And while to some this latest move by the DOJ may seem like a partisan shot across the bow, it's not that simple says Justice Department reporter Sarah Lynch.
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>> There are definitely partisan attacks against Andrew McCabe there's no question about it President Trump has lashed out on Twitter against him, and the Republicans in the House in particular have been very strong in pushing him. He was questioned for hours and hours before multiple committees. But historically speaking, Inspector Generals are not supposed to be political, they're supposed to be independent, and in fact this Inspector General at the Justice Department was appointed by Barack Obama.
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>> The referral doesn't mean charges will be filed ,that's up to the US Attorney's Office. After he was canned, McCabe quickly raised over half a million dollars online for a legal defense fund. Money he may use for a defamation suite against the President, or to defend himself should this referral result in criminal charges.