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Andrew McCabe fired for misleading investigators, says watchdog report

Then-acting FBI Director Andrew Mc Cabe on Capitol Hill

Here's what you need to know about McCabe's Federal Bureau of Investigation career and the controversies - including his wife's having received donations for a failed 2015 Senate run from a group tied to former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe - that have followed.

McCabe and Comey - whose May 2017 axing by Trump has been a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible obstruction of justice on the part of the president - have been frequent targets of Trump's ire.

President Donald Trump cheered the report on Friday and used it to attack Comey.

The FBI officials "told us that they each received calls from McCabe admonishing them for leaks contained in the October 30 WSJ article about the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation", the report says. 'No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!' The report also concluded that McCabe was not upfront with investigators about the matter, including on three occasions when he was under oath. Americans should expect a full investigation of the numerous anti-Trump and other outrageous FBI abuses under Obama and McCabe's mentor, James Comey. McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!

The inspector general "concluded that McCabe's disclosure of the existence of an ongoing investigation in this manner violated the FBI's and the Department's media policy and constituted misconduct", according to a copy of the report.

DOJ claimed that watchdog report said McCabe misled investigators about his decision to authorize FBI officials to speak to the media about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

On Friday, the inspector general's report that Trump declined to reference became public.

The report's findings were cited by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month when he made the decision to fire McCabe, just before his planned retirement. But if Mr Trump thinks the former director is a lying, leaking "slime ball", a closer reading of the report does little to back that up.

Bromwich also said that McCabe has hired additional lawyers, including the firm of David Boies, the noted litigator, and is considering suing Trump and other officials for "wrongful termination, defamation, constitutional violations and more".

A broader report coming from the inspector general is expected to address a number of politically sensitive issues, including how the FBI handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. The office had previously said the report would be released in April. But McCabe insisted that the move was crassly political - the Trump administration was simply trying to discredit him, as part of a broader attempt to obstruct and delegitimize the special counsel's investigation. Subsequently, McCabe led FBI Director James Comey to believe that he had not approved such media disclosures.

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

The review drew attention late past year, when it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller had removed an investigator from his team because of text messages critical of President Donald Trump.