WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Department of Justice inspector general on Thursday referred former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for criminal prosecution.
According to a report published by CNN, the referral comes as a result of the inspector general’s determination that McCabe lied to then-FBI Director James B. Comey on four occasions, three of them while under oath.
Further, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose information on the investigation because it was not within the department’s “public interest” exception for doing so and found that McCabe’s disclosure was made “in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership,”
It is not yet known how the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office responded to the referral, whether prosecutors there are conducting their own independent investigation of McCabe.
In a statement released via Twitter, national security attorney Mark Zaid said of the criminal referral: “It may be referral is mandated but in my experience many OIG investigative conclusions are referred to US Attny’s Ofc as matter of course for review. This type of referral very uncommon for prosecution & usually would be left up to agency for admin action, of which could be none,” said of the report on Twitter.
When reached for statement, a Justice Department official and a spokesperson for McCabe each declined to comment.