DOJ Opens Inquiry Into Flynn's FBI Interview

Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe won't be charged for role in leaks to media

And while the DOJ did decide not to prosecute McCabe, a favorite target of Trump's, news broke on Friday that the attorney general took the extraordinary step of appointing an outside U.S. Attorney to review Flynn's guilty plea and interview the FBI investigators to probe for misconduct.

He also called the Trump administration's investigation an "absolute disgrace" and chided the U.S. Attorney's Office for the two years it took them to reach an "obvious conclusion".

Speaking with Fox News' Bret Baier, Ford cited Barr's public pushback on Trump's Tweets, as well as DOJ decisions related to Andrew McCabe and Michael Flynn cases as proof the attorney general was re-exerting the agency's independence from President Donald Trump.

Trump repeatedly tried to discredit the Russian Federation investigation by alleging that McCabe was biased because a super PAC that supported his wife, who once ran for a Virginia state Senate seat, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in backing from a longtime Clinton ally: former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Four Justice Department prosecutors recently resigned from their case after the department made a similar change to the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, another associate of President Donald Trump, who has not said whether he would pardon Flynn or Stone.

Since he was sacked by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March 2018, McCabe has often been a punching bag for Trump, and the department's decision not to charge him could further stoke Trump's ire.

Though federal prosecutors wrote that they consider the matter closed, Justice Department actions in the past few months have proven unpredictable, with a willingness to scrutinize or revisit decisions that had appeared resolved.

McCabe said Barr's recent interventions into Justice Department cases related to Trump were a continuation of the politicization of the department that began with the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. McCabe's attorneys released the letter on Friday.

McCabe has always been the target of Republican leaders who allege political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Like all Americans, I've been greatly concerned about what I've seen take place in the White House and in the Department of Justice in the last week", McCabe said.

But the DOJ's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, recommended criminal charges against McCabe in 2018 for allegedly misleading investigators when he was asked about providing information in 2016 to a Wall Street Journal reporter about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

The moment came against a backdrop of growing anger from Trump at the Justice Department. "This isn't how the Justice Department is supposed to work". Trump has argued that the FBI under their watch initiated politically motivated investigations into his 2016 campaign, including seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on former campaign aide Carter Page. The article recounted a particularly tense phone call between McCabe and a senior Justice Department official about the investigation. The report said McCabe ultimately corrected that account and confirmed that he had encouraged the conversation with the reporter to counter a narrative that he thought was false.

"I'm not disappointed that the President is angry today about this outcome", McCabe said.

McCabe voiced concerns that the DOJ was doing Trump's bidding.



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