In December, President Trump raised the question of a possible conflict of interest involving FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but documents released by the FBI on Friday claim a conflict did not exist.
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” Trump tweeted on December 23.
McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, had announced her candidacy for Virginia state Senate in March 2015, and her campaign was heavily supported by a super PAC linked to Virginia’s Democrat governor, Terry McAuliffe, a long-time ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Three months after Jill McCabe lost her bid for the Senate seat, Andrew McCabe started his role as FBI deputy director, in March 2016.
The newly-released FBI documents show that McCabe had asked FBI ethics officials if his wife’s candidacy would be a conflict of interest. The documents say a “system of recusal” was put into place to prevent any potential conflicts of interest.
The Hill noted that President Trump had interviewed McCabe as a potential FBI director in May after he fired James Comey.
Soon after McCabe was identified as having been part of a controversial meeting with other FBI officials, FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, it was revealed that he would be retiring from his post in the near future.
The House Intelligence Committee grilled McCabe for seven hours during a hearing on Dec. 19, where he was reportedly evasive when asked about the anti-Trump dossier.
Documents reportedly exist that include McCabe’s personal signature, detailing the fact that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. However, during Tuesday’s meeting, when lawmakers asked McCabe when it was that he learned who funded the dossier, he claimed he could not remember.
The FBI document dated April 29, 2015, and just released on Friday, stated that since McCabe began his role with the FBI three months after his wife’s campaign ended, there was no conflict of interest.
“From the first contemplation that his wife would run for office in Virginia, [McCabe] sought out and consulted with ethics officers, which included briefings on the Hatch Act,” the document states.
Fast forwarding to the present, President Trump expressed concern that McCabe’s wife had received campaign funds linked to supporters of Clinton, and then McCabe was involved in the anti-Trump dossier.
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017