FBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump

FBI investigated media leak of McCabe comment about Flynn and Trump
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The FBI opened an investigation into an unauthorized media leak of a comment made by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe Hill's Morning Report — Takeaways from the battle royal in the Oval Office Mueller’s real challenge Mueller's findings don't matter MORE about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE, according to bureau documents released Monday.

The documents show that the FBI’s Office of Public Affairs received a complaint about an alleged leak that involved “a statement overheard in early February 2017.”


“Specifically, the alleged comments were made by DD AG McCabe and pertained to General Michael T. Flynn and the POTUS,” one document states.

The investigation into the unauthorized media disclosure appears to have started on March 20, 2017.

The document states that McCabe was a witness in the investigation, and that the subject, or the person who leaked the comment, was unknown.

A spokesperson for McCabe declined to comment.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Press: Mueller closes in on Trump Mueller's findings don't matter MORE fired McCabe earlier this year, saying the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of Inspector General (OIG) had found McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and "lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions."

McCabe was dismissed just days before he was set to retire and would have been eligible for his pension.

The former FBI official has denied any wrongdoing, and is suing the Justice Department for wrongful termination.

The Justice Department's inspector general referred its findings on McCabe to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., for potential criminal charges, according to an April report.

The remainder of the more than 300 pages of documents released Monday by the FBI do not share new details on the investigation into McCabe, but include testimony given before Congress by former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Trump: Comey saying Dems 'have to win' in 2020 'exposed his partisan stance' Hillicon Valley — Presented by AT&T — NRCC exposes security flaws 2 years after Russia hacks | Google Plus to shut down early | Scathing House report scolds Equifax for breach | McCarthy knocks Google ahead of CEO's hearing MORE in 2016 and media guidelines for the FBI's Office of Public Affairs.

The New York Times separately reported last month that McCabe wrote in a contemporaneous memo while at the bureau last spring that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinMueller’s real challenge Graham vows to push Trump’s AG pick through Judiciary Committee House GOP set to grill Comey MORE suggested wearing a wire during his conversations with Trump and potentially invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Rosenstein has fiercely denied the bombshell report.

This post was updated on Oct. 16 at 5:55 p.m.