Goodlatte Statement on McCabe IG Report
Congress has a constitutional duty to preserve the integrity of our justice system by ensuring transparency and accountability of actions taken.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General report on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe finding that he lacked candor with federal investigators, including under oath, on multiple occasions regarding his role in leaking to the media about the Clinton investigation.
Chairman Goodlatte: “It is clear that the decision to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was the correct one. According to the Inspector General report, Mr. McCabe repeatedly lied under oath about the disclosure of information to a reporter. In doing so, he not only violated FBI policy, but he may have committed a federal crime. It is unfortunate that Mr. McCabe’s distinguished career at the FBI has ended this way, but it is apparent that Attorney General Sessions made the right decision.
“The Inspector General report also appears to confirm that the Obama Justice Department sought to shut down the Clinton Foundation investigation during the 2016 presidential election. The report makes the matters under investigation by the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees even more pertinent. Congress has a constitutional duty to preserve the integrity of our justice system by ensuring transparency and accountability of actions taken.”
• In October 2017, the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced a joint investigation into decisions made and not made by the Department of Justice in 2016.
• In March 2018, Goodlatte subpoenaed the Department of Justice for documents regarding charging decisions in the investigation surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommendation to fire former FBI Deputy Director McCabe.
• Goodlatte’s statement on the firing of Mr. McCabe can be found here.