WH Officials Scramble To Contain Trump’s Rage After DOJ Refuses To Indict Andrew McCabe
White House officials on Friday had ‘to calm down’ an infuriated President Donald Trump after he learned Justice Department wouldn’t charge former acting FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Trump reportedly raged at DOJ prosecutors after the department dropped the investigation into whether McCabe lied when questioned about a media leak related to a probe of the Clinton Foundation after nearly two years.
As reported by The New York Times, the case was referred to a grand jury but stalled for months. No indictment came, even as prosecutors rejected McCabe’s appeal to drop the case.
The decision infuriated Trump, who was “not given a heads-up and was upset” because he “believes very strongly that action should be taken,” a White House official told reporters. Trump was so angry that “White House lawyers moved to calm the president,” according to the report.
“We said at the outset of the criminal investigation almost two years ago that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought,” McCabe’s lawyers said after Friday’s decision, according to The Times. “We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.”
McCabe said it was a “disgrace” that it took two years for the Justice Department to reach an “obvious conclusion.”
“Just so glad that my kids don’t have to live with this anymore,” he said on CNN.
McCabe filed a civil suit against the Justice Department last year, arguing that his firing was politically motivated. McCabe faced “unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man,” the suit said. He oversaw investigations into both the Trump campaign and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. A Justice Department inspector general report later knocked down claims that the investigation was politically motivated, which the president alleged.
The suit named Attorney General William Barr as a defendant. McCabe said Barr’s recent interventions into Justice Department cases related to Trump were a continuation of the politicization of the department that began with the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
“I’ve been greatly concerned by what I’ve seen take place in the White House and in the Department of Justice, quite frankly, in the last week and certainly the president’s kind of revenge tirade following his acquittal . . . has only kind of amplified my concerns,” he told CNN on Friday.
“The pursuit of political enemies and the use of the criminal justice system and criminal investigations to exact some sort of revenge on those political enemies is not something that should be happening in the United States of America,” he added.