The Department of Justice office of the inspector general has sent a criminal referral regarding deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., CNN and the Washington Post reported Thursday afternoon.
US Justice Dept. has received a referral recommending a criminal charge against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for allegedly lying to federal investigators, legal source familiar with the issue tells @NBCNews – @PeteWilliamsNBC pic.twitter.com/HAcFgoJWWF
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 19, 2018
The inspector general found that McCabe misled investigators who were examining his role in a media disclosure.
McCabe was fired from the FBI shortly before he was eligible to retire, ostensibly over his conversations with investigators about the Clinton email investigation story. McCabe disputes some of the report’s findings, and his lawyer said in a statement last week that McCabe’s “treatment was far more harsh and far less fair than he deserved.”