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Trump: McCabe ‘totally controlled’ by Comey

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President Trump blasted former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday as a liar who was “totally controlled by [former FBI Director James] Comey,” following the release of a watchdog report that got McCabe fired.

The Justice Department’s inspector general concluded in a newly released report that McCabe had acted to further his own interests by leaking information about the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation. The report also found that McCabe lied to Comey about who leaked information to the press.

“DOJ just issued the McCabe report — which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey — McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!” Trump said on Twitter.

{mosads}Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe last month, citing the inspector general report finding that McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and also “lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

McCabe had claimed after he was fired that he did not “leak” without authorization and Comey knew about his decision to discuss ongoing investigations with the press.

But the report concludes McCabe’s decision to leak to the media was “designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership.”

The report also makes it clear McCabe did not act with Comey’s approval.

Trump has accused both Comey and McCabe of political bias in their roles at the top law enforcement agency, and attacked Comey in numerous tweets on Friday following the release of excerpts of Comey’s book.

Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” which details his interaction with Trump during his time leading the FBI, is scheduled for release Tuesday. The book attacks Trump both personally and as a leader.

Updated at 4:15 p.m.

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