Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is back in the never-ending news cycle again.
This time he has reportedly accused the Trump administration of withholding evidence in his lawsuit against the government over his dismissal in 2018.
His attorney Murad Hussain, filed a declaration on Tuesday claiming that several agencies and 30 individuals have yet to hand over any materials requested as part of a lawsuit against his former employer.
Among them President Donald Trump, United States Attorney General William Barr and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray.
As Hussain would claim, “At this time, Plaintiff has assembled a small set of supporting evidence from his own records and from publicly available sources. However, much of the relevant evidence in this case is in Defendants’ exclusive possession or the possession of current or former government officials.”
“To date Plaintiff has had no opportunity to take discovery,” he added. Along with, “Plaintiff has not and cannot learn of all the relevant facts and present them in an admissible form without discovery.”
McCabe was fired after a Justice Department inspector general report found he had repeatedly misstated his involvement in a news media disclosure regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The Inspector General’s investigation charges McCabe with lying “in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership.”
Attorneys for the Department of Justice argue his termination is “the standard penalty” for being dishonest.
“In the FBI, a lofty position does not lessen the need to abide by the ideals memorialized in its motto [Fidelity, Loyalty, Bravery]. To the contrary, the Deputy Director must lead first by example,” they asserted last month.
The president took to Twitter following the IG report’s release in April and wrote, “DOJ just issued the McCabe report – which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey – McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!”
Trump also referencing past FBI Director James Comey. President Trump fired Comey in May of 2017. And that seems to be justified now given his wide spread condemnation because of bureau misconduct.
A parallel probe was launched by AG Barr with U.S. Attorney John Durham in charge. That is currently still in process.
The one-time FBI second in command hopes to get records “relating to decisions to omit exculpatory evidence … from the OIG Report and disciplinary decisions.”
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