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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inspector general delivered to Congress on Friday a highly critical report that accused Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director, of repeatedly misleading investigators.

The inspector general said that when investigators asked whether he had instructed aides to provide information in October 2016 to a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. McCabe said he did not authorize the disclosure and did not know who did.

It is important to note that the article goes on to state the following:

But Mr. McCabe did approve the F.B.I.’s contact with the reporter, according to the review.

The inspector general also concluded that Mr. McCabe’s disclosure of the existence of the ongoing investigation in the manner described in the report violated media policy of the F.B.I. and Justice Department and constituted misconduct.

The referenced article reported on a dispute between F.B.I. and Justice Department officials over how the investigation into the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation should proceed. It also revealed a meeting of a sensitive nature regarding the decision by Justice Department officials to not authorize subpoenas or grand jury activity.

McCabe said in a statement that he had the authorization to share the information with the media and that he did not intentionally mislead investigators.