Former Obama officials willing to testify on McCabe's behalf: report

Multiple former members of the Obama administration have reportedly said they will testify on behalf of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Senate GOP set to ramp up Obama-era probes Showtime miniseries to feature Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Trump MORE should he face trial.

An analysis from McCabe's legal team obtained by Politico said officials including former Obama chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughSusan Rice calls for Flynn-Kislyak transcripts to be released GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden Tucker Carlson: Flynn case was domestic spying operation 'hidden under the pretext of national security' MORE and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco would be willing to back him in court should he ultimately face charges over allegations that he misled Department of Justice (DOJ) officials over leaks to the media.

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"Mr. McCabe has obtained commitments from more than a dozen former high-ranking government officials who worked closely with Mr. McCabe on law enforcement and national security matters to testify as character witnesses on Mr. McCabe’s behalf," a spokesman told Politico. "An errant version included some individuals who have not committed to serve as character witnesses at trial. We requested that Politico remove those names."

These officials, who also include former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing Trump knocks Sally Yates ahead of congressional testimony MORE and former CIA Deputy Director David Cohen, are standing by McCabe after the DOJ last week rejected his internal appeal to avoid criminal charges.

McCabe is accused of lacking "candor" when investigators asked about media disclosures related to the FBI's investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

The former deputy director has alleged in a lawsuit that the charges are "politically motivated" because he participated in the investigation into Russia's election interference and Moscow's ties to the Trump campaign.

A U.S. attorney on Thursday recommended moving forward with charges against McCabe.