Prosecutors interviewed fired FBI director James Comey and are considering whether his deputy Andrew McCabe should be charged for lying to federal agents, a report suggests.
Investigators from the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office recently spoke to Comey as part of their probe into whether McCabe broke the law, The Washington Post reported.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has accused McCabe of misleading investigators.
He has also accused Comey of lying four times — three of them under oath.
Lying to investigators carries a five-year prison sentence, but McCabe has denied any wrongdoing.
Michael R. Bromwich, McCabe’s lawyer, said in a statement to the Post: ‘A little more than a month ago, we confirmed that we had been advised that a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office had been made regarding Mr. McCabe.
‘We said at that time that we were confident that, unless there is inappropriate pressure from high levels of the Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office would conclude that it should decline to prosecute. Our view has not changed.’
A Justice Department spokeswoman and a lawyer for Comey declined to comment for the story.
On Wednesday it was reported that McCabe drafted a memo on circumstances leading up to Comey’s firing.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss a secret document that has been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller.
His team is investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election and whether the president sought to obstruct that inquiry through actions including the firing of Comey last May.
The memo concerns a conversation that McCabe had with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Rosenstein’s preparations for Comey’s firing.
Rosenstein played an important role in that episode, having authored a memo faulting Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation that the White House held up as justification for Trump’s decision to fire the FBI director.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Wills Robinson