The story of how Andrew McCabe left the FBI is an interesting one. McCabe, who had spent much of his life working for the FBI, was fired from his post, due to suspicion of wrongdoing. However, he was fired a little bit more than a day before he was set to retire, denying him his pension and removing him from the post of Deputy Director of the FBI.
Since then, the firing, once claimed to be capricious in nature by the mainstream media, was actually an objectively good decision in a number of ways. Firstly, it was the FBI itself that recommended McCabe’s firing, due to information leaked by McCabe, which he subsequently was accused of lying about. But now, it’s come to light that McCabe didn’t report an undue attempt to shut down the investigation into the Clinton Foundation during the 2016 election season.
The kernel of truth, buried in a report given to the media on Friday, sheds light on the dirty dealings of the federal government during Barack Obama‘s presidency, as well as giving some background on the failings of James Comey and Andrew McCabe.
Buried in the inspector general’s report on the former FBI Deputy Director was a peculiar story from August 2016. In that story, a phone call from a high-ranking official at the Department of Justice, then under the control of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, seemed to be attempting to influence the FBI to shut down a probe into the Clinton Foundation.
McCabe recounted a phone call from a DoJ official who was “very pissed off” at the FBI, and who wanted to know why the FBI chose to continue the investigation when the DoJ decided the case was ‘dormant.’ The caller allegedly harangued and even threatened McCabe, wondering why the DoJ would revive the case.
Former FBI agents said that the call was completely unusual.
One former agent, James Wedick, who spent 35 years of his life working for the FBI investigation corruption, said that he never once took a call from the DoJ concerning a single one of his cases.
Wedick suggested that such a call indicated an attempt to interfere on the part of the DoJ.
He said that it is outright strange and even improper for a representative of the Justice Department to call the Deputy Director of the FBI about any ongoing case, or that they would attempt to be “operationally in control” like they attempted to be in this phone call.
The report from the inspector general failed to identify the name of the DoJ representative, but did identify the caller’s title as ‘Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General.’
However, sources from the FBI and the DoJ did manage to put a name to that title. The call demanding answers about the investigation and attempting to end it was made by Matthew Axelrod.
McCabe told the inspector general that he thought such a call was strange indeed, and that it was also improper and ‘out of bounds’ for such a high-level official to make a call like that.
McCabe also told the inspector general that Axelrod expressed his concerns about FBI agents openly investigating the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was campaigning to become President of the United States of America.
He also suggested that he pushed back against suggestions that the investigation needed to be closed down.
Most interesting of all, the Justice Department admitted that the content of the discussion was true, though they claimed that the FBI was attempting to ‘spin’ the call as some sort of ‘undue’ political influence.
A former assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ron Hosko, suggested that perhaps the DoJ called McCabe, who had little to do with the investigation, because they thought he would be more sympathetic to demands to stop the investigation than the FBI’s New York office, which was running the investigation.
After all, McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, accepted nearly $700,000 in campaign donations from a political organization connected to the Clintons through their long-time confidant, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.
However, if the DoJ hoped that they would be able to use those connections to influence the lawsuit, they were disappointed when McCabe recused himself from the investigation after his ties to the Clintons were discovered.
As for Matthew Axelrod, he left the DoJ on January 30, 2017, shortly after President Trump took office, and the same day that his boss, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, was fired for refusing to defend a lawful executive order.
Many experts familiar with the inner workings of the Justice Department suggest that Axelrod could never have made that call without the approval of his immediate supervisor, Sally Yates.
Hans Von Spakovsky, former Justice Department official (currently working as a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation), said that in his experience, the person who would call the FBI to follow up on an investigation would be the head of the Criminal Division, not a principal assistant deputy attorney general.
All of this simply backs up the claim that there was something not quite right about the FBI and DoJ handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. And if the Department of Justice was willing to openly attempt to interfere in one investigation, what else might the Lynch-led department have done for the Clintons?