The Justice Department has decided not to prosecute former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying to the FBI about an illegal leak to the media in 2017.
Officials from the DOJ sent a letter Friday to McCabe’s lawyers telling them that they don’t intend to prosecute him criminally for his actions, in spite of an Office of the Inspector General referral.
McCabe was accused of directing a subordinate to illegally leak information about the FBI’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation to the Wall Street Journal.
He admitted to the leak after several weeks of lying about it, reportedly angering FBI officials who said they spent countless hours trying to find the source of the leak.
GOP leaders angry
The decision not to prosecute has left many Republicans angry about a perceived double standard in how crimes like lying and obstruction are being treated in the Federal government.
Trump associate Roger Stone may be sentenced to nine years in prison for lying to investigators, and Michael Flynn is set to get jail time after his family was threatened to induce a guilty plea.
Conservative radio host Buck Sexton said the decision smacks of bias, “makes a mockery” of the legal systems, and “divides” the country.
If the libs like you- and especially if you hate Trump- the law does not apply.
Was true for Hillary, and now we see is true for McCabe.
This makes a mockery of our legal system, and divides the country in irreparable ways pic.twitter.com/D7UHoEWWi6
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 14, 2020
As Guy Benson pointedly asked, “How many Trump allies have been prosecuted for lying to feds?” Quite a few.
The one consolation is that Trump fired McCabe and did it two days before he was set to retire. Maybe that figurative punch in the gut is enough of a punishment.
Barr and the DOJ have declined to prosecute several deep state operatives, including former FBI Director James Comey, so the McCabe decision is nothing new.
It’s also possible that Barr wants to avoid the appearance of going after Trump’s enemies for relatively minor infractions. After all, impeachment has shown that when the American people perceive charges as bogus, it can impact how they see the party that brought those charges.
Neither Barr nor Trump really wants to see that happen.