McCabe played a key role in FBI investigations against Hillary Clinton and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The Department of Justice on Friday closed a criminal investigation into one of the main objects of criticism of President Donald Trump, former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Andrew McCabe.
After his dismissal in March 2018, McCabe was often targeted by Trump. The decision of the ministry not to indict him could cause the president’s anger.
The White House refused to comment on the decision of the Ministry of Justice.
McCabe stated that he was pleased with the completion of the investigation, but criticized the Justice Ministry for taking such a long time to make a decision.
“It’s a complete shame that they forced my family to go through these trials for two years before they finally reached the obvious conclusion that could have been reached a long time ago,” he told CNN.
Having given his job to the FBI for 20 years, Republican McCabe played a key role in the investigation that the bureau conducted against Hillary Clinton and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking at rallies, in his interviews and numerous tweets, Trump accused McCabe of a conflict of interest: his wife Jill McCabe, a member of the Democratic Party, received donations to her unsuccessful campaign for the election of the Virginia Senate from Clinton.
McCabe wondered about the possible connection between the termination of the investigation and the ongoing scandal involving Roger Stone, a GOP official who was found guilty in November of falsifying testimony to Congress, obstructing justice, and intimidating witnesses.
After the Justice Department decided to withdraw the prosecutors’ recommendation for the sentence for Stone and commute the punishment for the former adviser to Trump, all four prosecutors who were running the Stone case refused to participate in the process in protest.
“Like all Americans, I am seriously concerned about what I saw in the White House and the Department of Justice, to be honest, only in the last week,” he said.
The Justice Ministry declined to comment.
McCabe was fired four hours before he was due to retire. This happened after the FBI internal oversight body published a report saying that McCabe misled investigators from the Office of the Inspector General who tried to find out if he intentionally shared information with a journalist during the 2016 presidential election campaign.
Trump’s Justice Department also ended investigations into Hillary Clinton and refused to indict former FBI Director James Komi.