An attorney with the Department of Justice recommended last month that criminal charges be brought against arguably one of the most corrupt Obama-era officials who played a crucial role in the Trump-Russia investigation.
The DOJ strongly hinted that it would move to indict fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but an official decision has not yet been made.
McCabe, who has been in the FBI for almost two decades, got some unsettling news this week.
U.S. Judge Reggie B. Walton kicked things into overdrive this week when he told federal prosecutors that they have until November 15th to make a decision — either charge McCabe or drop their investigation into obstruction of justice against the former top FBI official.
“If the government has not made a call I’m going to make a ruling. This is just dragging too long. 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 said, according to Fox News.
“I will not condone any further delay,” he said. “You all have got to cut and make your decision”
Walton, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, made his point clear.
“It’s not a hard decision, and I think it needs to be made,” Walton said. “If it’s not made, I’m going to start ordering the release of information because I think our society, our public does have a right to know what’s going on.”
Walton certainly didn’t mince his words: either charge and arrest McCabe by Nov. 15 or drop the investigation and hand over the requested documents to the FOIA suit.
This comes 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.