In his new book, former FBI deputy director, Andrew McCabe, criticized President Obama's Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, for his decisions and actions as the FBI was investigating the mail server. Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, claiming that Lynch should have been recused a special council should have been appointed instead.
McCabe wrote in "The Threat", released Tuesday, that "the tarmac meeting was a horrible miscalculation of Loretta Lynch".
Lynch was targeted in 2016 after a meeting on the tarmac with former President Bill Clinton a few days before the FBI decided not to recommend criminal charges to his wife for his treatment. classified information on its private mail server. Lynch, reacting to criticism that he met Clinton while the FBI was investigating his wife, said that Clinton and she were only discussing "harmless things".
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But McCabe said Lynch, after the outcry over the meeting, should have moved away from the probe – which is codenamed "Midyear Exam" by the FBI.
"She should have recanted Midyear at that time," McCabe wrote. "She did not do it, she made things worse."
McCabe suggested that things would have been better if both Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, both named by Obama, were challenged even earlier in the case.
"It was a fatal choice. There was a competent and credible special advocate who had conducted the mid-year review independently – the manner in which Bob Mueller's investigation in Russia had been conducted – I think the circumstances could have been very different, and we would not have been in July, "McCabe said.
This apparently hints at the moment when FBI director James Comey was strongly criticized during the campaign for choosing to make a public announcement explaining why Clinton was not charged. He then explained that he felt compelled to take the lead on the announcement because of questions about Lynch's credibility.
McCabe argued that for Lynch and Yates, "the challenge would have been a reasonable one and, in my opinion, a better decision to be made by those appointed to political office." He added, "I do not know why they did not do it."
"They sort of saw the Hillary Clinton inquiry – the former first lady and former secretary of state, current presidential candidate, probably Democratic Party candidate, backed by the president of the states United States, to whom it owed its jobs – as a case, they could handle without prejudice, "wrote McCabe.
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McCabe also said the FBI agents were mocking Lynch's insistence on Comey to call the probe a "case" instead of an "investigation" – an apparent attempt to downplay the probe's gravity.
"This has become a common joke whenever someone at the FBI feels that justice is dragging their heels," McCabe wrote. He said the agents would joke, "What have we become, the Federal Bureau of Matters?"
Nevertheless, McCabe said that Comey was concerned about this.
"The question of the" question "had a serious effect on the director," McCabe said. "That begged the question: did the Attorney General try to downplay what we were doing? The question is infected. He had heard that the Clinton campaign was also trying to avoid the word "investigation". "
Like Lynch, McCabe's commitment in the Clinton affair was also examined. Trump himself hinted that McCabe was in the Clinton Reservoir, drawing attention to the fact that his wife, Jill McCabe, was receiving donations from the super PAC of Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, while She was running for a seat in the Virginia State Senate in 2015. Clinton's ally. McCabe did not challenge the Clinton inquiry until one week before the election.
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In the book, McCabe denied a conflict of interest and dismissed the charges as "conspiracy theory".
The Attorney General of the day, Jeff Sessions, eventually fired McCabe last year after a report by the Inspector General said McCabe had lied about the disclosure of 39, information by reporters about the Clinton inquiry. He defended himself, but refused to write much about this episode, citing legal reasons.
"With regard to my own layoffs and the overt reasons behind them, the demands and risks of an ongoing legal process place strict constraints on what I can say, although I want to say a lot about it. more, "McCabe said. "I am filing a complaint challenging my dismissal, the process and findings of the GI, as well as the unprecedented manner in which the GM managed my dismissal. I will let this action speak for itself. "