Kirsters Baish| Former Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, would not testify today in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the findings of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, which had to do with the way the FBI handled the Clinton private server investigation.
The Gateway Pundit reports, “McCabe invoked his 5th Amendment rights on Monday after failing to receive immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.”
On June 4th, attorney to Andrew McCabe, Michael Bromwich, sent a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley, requesting that the Senate Judiciary Committee allow the former FBI official to have immunity from being prosecuted in exchange for his testimony at the Congressional hearing on the FBI’s conduct in handling the Clinton investigation next week.
On the third page of the letter, McCabe’s attorney asked that the Senate Judiciary Committee allow McCabe to have immunity from being prosecuted. In exchange, he would testify due to his criminal referral.
Bromwich wrote, “If McCabe is not granted immunity, he will invoke his 5th Amendment privilege.”
Senate reporter for Fox News, Chad Pergram, reports that McCabe invoked his 5th Amendment right and did not show up today.
Former FBI Director James Comey nor former Attorney General Loretta Lynch showed up to today’s Congressional hearing.
Chad Pergram tweeted, “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) notes they invited former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify at IG hrng. Grassley says McCabe invoked the 5th.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) notes they invited former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify at IG hrng. Grassley says McCabe invoked the 5th.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) June 18, 2018
Yesterday, the Daily Caller reported:
Then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe tasked the mistress of lead agent Peter Strzok to stay apprised of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s private server — a decision that other bureau officials took issue with at the time, according to the Department of Justice Inspector General’s bombshell report.
McCabe was supposed to be insulated from the probe by two levels of management: Strzok worked for counterintelligence head Bill Priestap, who worked for national security head Michael Steinbach, who reported up to McCabe. However, Strzok communicated about the probe with his mistress, Lisa Page, who worked directly for McCabe and acted as a liaison for the Clinton investigation for the deputy director.
The report reads:
Lisa Page, who was Special Counsel to McCabe, became involved in the Midyear investigation after McCabe became the Deputy Director in February 2016. Page told the OIG that part of her function was to serve as a liaison between the Midyear team and McCabe.
Page acknowledged that her role upset senior FBI officials, but told the OIG that McCabe relied on her to ensure that he had the information he needed to make decisions, without it being filtered through multiple layers of management.
Several witnesses told the OIG that Page circumvented the official chain of command, and that Strzok communicated important Midyear case information to her, and thus to McCabe, without Priestap’s or Steinbach’s knowledge. McCabe said that he was aware of complaints about Page, and that he valued her ability to “spot issues” and bring them to his attention when others did not.
This isn’t the first time that the issue of political bias has presented itself when it comes to Andrew McCabe. There were concerns about the FBI’s conduct in handling the Clinton private server case because of McCabe’s close relationship with the Clinton family. It was during this time that Terry McAuliffe gave McCabe’s wife $700,000. McAuliffe is a Clinton family friend who happened to run Hillary’s presidential campaign back in 2008. The claim was that the money was meant for McCabe’s wife to use to run for Senate, but that is a large sum of money to run for this particular office.
Although Andrew McCabe “invoked his 5th Amendment rights” today, he can still be issued a subpoena. And he can still be facing contempt charges.