The Department of Justice strongly hinted last month that it will move forward with bringing criminal charges against arguably one of the most corrupt Obama-era officials who played a crucial role in the Trump-Russia investigation.
The DOJ announced that it would likely move to indict fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — but no decision was officially made at the time.
But one will have to be made in the coming weeks after a federal judge gave the DOJ an ultimatum regarding McCabe: file charges or drop their probe.
During a Monday hearing in a lawsuit from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) over internal FBI records related to McCabe’s termination, Judge Reggie B. Walton said if the DOJ does not make up its mind by Nov. 15, he will order the documents to be released.
“It’s been a long time and this is just dragging too long,” Walton said, according to The Washington Post, which obtained a transcript of the hearing. “And those who have to make these hard decisions need to do it. And if they don’t, I’m going to start ordering the release of information.”
Walton told the DOJ prosecutors, “You all have got to cut and make your decision. It’s not a hard decision, and I think it needs to be made.”
The judge giving the DOJ until Nov. 15 to either charge McCabe or drop the probe comes just weeks after U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu recommended to Attorney General William Barr that fired FBI deputy director be charged for lying to federal investigators and potentially illegally leaking information.
Federal prosecutors are not only looking into McCabe possibly illegally leaking sensitive information to the media, he is also reportedly being investigated for playing a role in the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe into Trump.
Investigators are still looking into whether he intentionally lied to investigators about improperly leaking sensitive information to the media a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
In October 2016, he allowed sensitive information downplaying the severity of the Clinton email scandal to be leaked to The Wall Street Journal.
McCabe was fired for his “lack of candor” and lying to investigators four times about leaking the information.
That’s not all.
McCabe also admitted earlier this year that he, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and other top FBI officials met in mid-2017 to discuss using the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.
McCabe wrote in his new book that the meeting and conversation took place after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
The 25th Amendment of the Constitution details a procedure where the vice president and a majority of Cabinet members vote to remove a sitting president from office if they deem them unfit to serve.
In Sept. 2018, it was reported that Rosenstein implied to McCabe and other senior officials that he wanted to secretly record conversations he was having with Trump.
Maybe McCabe will flip on other corrupt Obama-era officials to save himself from potentially going to prison.