Rep. Ratcliffe on DOJ's McCabe Report: 'Expect a Criminal Referral'
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) said Monday that he would "expect there to be a criminal referral" after the Department of Justice inspector general's report about Andrew McCabe misleading investigators about the FBI's probe of the Clinton Foundation.
The bombshell report discusses how the agency's former deputy director authorized an information leak about the probe to the Wall Street Journal, and then misled investigators about the leak soon after.
"If I were to make a prediction, I would expect there to be a criminal referral in this matter," Ratcliffe said. "I would expect that Andrew McCabe will be facing the same types of charges that Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos are facing."
"This is the Department of Justice investigating itself and finding misconduct on not one, not two, not three, but four different occasions -- some of those under oath," Ratcliffe added.
The report states, "We concluded that McCabe’s decision to confirm the existence of the [Clinton Foundation] investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior department official in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception."
Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney, said he believes the case will be a "prosecutable crime."
President Trump reacted to the report Friday, tweeting that "McCabe was totally controlled by [former FBI director James] Comey."
DOJ just issued the McCabe report - which is a total disaster. He LIED! LIED! LIED! McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!! No collusion, all made up by this den of thieves and lowlifes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2018
In a statement after he was fired last month, McCabe said of the report, "This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement and intelligence professionals more generally."