Meadows, Jordan demand answers from DOJ when latest Mueller team departure raises eyebrows

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Republican Congressmen Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan want to know why former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has still not been indicted.

The members of the House Oversight Committee asked Attorney General William Barr Wednesday for an update on the Department of Justice investigation of McCabe, who was fired one year ago for allegedly leaking information to reporters about the agency’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

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Citing the Inspector General’s referral to McCabe’s “lack of candor” to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Meadows, the North Carolina congressman and chair of the Freedom Caucus and Ohio congressman Jordan questioned Barr about McCabe’s prosecution in a letter.

“McCabe’s pattern of lies to the FBI and OIG officials was particularly troublesome because they were intended to cover up media leaks that would benefit McCabe personally and professionally,” the Republican lawmakers wrote.  “Especially in context of other outrageous conduct by senior FBI officials — including former Director James Comey, former FBI assistant general counsel Lisa Page — public transparency about the McCabe referral is vital to restoring the FBI’s integrity.”

McCabe broke FBI policy and leaked confidential details and information about an investigation to the media to “advance his personal interests,” then lied about it, according to a damning report released by the Justice Department in April 2018.

“McCabe disclosed confidential investigative details to a media outlet ‘to advance his personal interest at the expense of Department leadership.’ Specifically, to rebut what he believed to be an incredibly damaging narrative about himself, McCabe directed [Lisa] Page and another FBI employee to reveal information related to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of the Clinton Foundation investigation,” Meadows and Jordan wrote, adding, “By authorizing the leak, McCabe confirmed the existence of an active FBI investigation in violation of the Departmental policies.”

McCabe “concealed his conduct by lying to Comey and lied under oath” to other DOJ and OIG officials when he was confronted about being the leaker, the lawmakers noted, adding that his “dishonesty ultimately resulted in his termination from the FBI” as well as landing him with a criminal referral “for misleading federal investigators about his media leak.”

Soon after President Trump fired James Comey as FBI Director, McCabe launched obstruction investigations of the president which appeared to be in “retaliation” according to the GOP lawmakers.

Jordan believes that another letter he and Meadows sent to Barr at the beginning of the month may have sparked the departure of two top prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Jordan and Meadows questioned Zainab Ahmad and Andrew Weissmann, who were involved in discussions with DOJ official Bruce Ohr, and who left Mueller’s team in recent days.

“The reason Ms. Ahmad might have left is the fact that the report is coming soon. We all kind of suspect that it is,” Jordan told Fox News host Harris Faulkner. “It also might be a letter that Mr. Meadows and I sent to Attorney General Barr just 19 days ago, on March 1.”

The FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application, which was secured to wiretap Trump campaign aide Carter Page, left out some “critical information,” Jordan noted in a tweet on Wednesday.

Ohr reportedly told House investigators that he warned the two prosecutors back in August 2016 that Steele was “desperate to stop Trump.”

“We pointed it out. Maybe that had to do with them leaving him as well. I don’t know,” Jordan said.

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