Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired for violating the agency’s code of ethics on three different occasions, Fox News reports.
The Justice Department Inspector General uncovered the violations, Fox reports, and they are:
- Lack of candor under oath.
- Lack of candor when not under oath.
- Improper disclosure of non-public information to the media.
All three violations stem from the same incident, Fox reports – McCabe’s reaction to a 2016 Wall Street Journal story which detailed Democratic donations to his wife, Jill, who was running for Virginia state Senate.
McCabe instructed two members of the FBI to contact the Journal and set the record straight, an act he later lied about, Fox reports. Further, McCabe wasn’t authorized to set the Journal straight on anything.
McCabe’s attorney, naturally, defended his client.
“Mr. McCabe’s interaction with The Wall Street Journal – which by FBI rule and practice he was fully authorized to do – was not done in secret: it took place over the course of several days and others knew of it, including director (James) Comey,” attorney Michael Bromwich told Fox News.
The coup de grace is that FBI attorney, Lisa Page, Public Enemy No. 1 to some who paint her as the poster child of a vast conspiracy within the FBI against the Trump administration, provided the “critical” testimony that contradicted McCabe’s that led to his firing, Fox reports.
Page was one of the two FBI personnel McCabe instructed to reach out to the Journal, Fox reports.
It’s been Page’s released text messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok that have captivated the attention of conspiracy theorists and some lawmakers who accused the pair of being part of a “secret society” undermining the president.