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Trump's Claims About McCabe Aren't Supported by Internal FBI Review

A new Inspector General’s report accuses the former deputy director of lying about his role in a leak. But it doesn’t match the White House narrative that McCabe was biased against Trump.
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The Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General has concluded that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe misled internal investigators over his role in authorizing a leak of information to The Wall Street Journal. Although the report delivers a harsh assessment of McCabe, a longtime target of President Trump, it also undermines the narrative of McCabe as an anti-Trump partisan who sought to harm the president’s 2016 campaign.

The IG released its findings on Friday, after McCabe was fired for “lack of candor” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was under significant public pressure from Trump. The report frames McCabe’s conduct in

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