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Goodlatte: McCabe Report Shows Obama Shielding Clinton Foundation

House Judiciary Committee chair is also asking questions about previously undisclosed investigation of former FBI deputy director

A newly released report on an investigation of Andrew McCabe (pictured above right) revealed another previously unknown probe of the former FBI deputy director, and provides additional evidence of the extent to which President Barack Obama’s administration shielded the Clinton Foundation from government investigators, according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

“McCabe’s just-released disciplinary file reminds us how the Obama Justice Department sought to shut down the Clinton Foundation investigation during the 2016 presidential election,” Goodlatte (pictured above left) said in a series of tweets.

“The file also shows the FBI opened a full investigation on McCabe concerning comments he made about ‘General Michael T. Flynn and the POTUS.’ What is this about?” Goodlatte said.

The Clinton Foundation was created in 1998 to build and operate the presidential library of former President Bill Clinton, but in the years since, then he and Hillary Clinton have turned the nonprofit into a marketing took to monetize their influence, contacts, and public visibility.

Charges of improper use of the foundation for political purposes have been commonplace,  but were heard especially frequently when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 and Bill Clinton was being paid millions of dollars by foreign interests for his speaking and other services.

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The FBI released the details Monday about the investigation into the former deputy director. This review was originally launched in March 2017, the same month he was fired. The move came in response to an alleged leak about President Donald Trump and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was already in hot water over an earlier internal review that found he repeatedly lied to investigators.

“McCabe’s file also appears to be missing key material,” Goodlatte said. “There are congressional transcripts and FBI policy documents, but no analysis whatsoever of the relationship between those and McCabe’s conduct. What else is missing? Need transparency.”

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The Department of Justice Inspector General internal review found that he had authorized a series of leaks prior to his dismissal in March 2017. The FBI Office of Public Affairs was contacted that February about an additional unreported leak, leading to the investigation a month later, that was released Monday.

Flynn resigned earlier on in the administration, February 13, after admitting he made false statements concerning a telephone conversation he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The controversy reignited allegations that aides to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian interests to influence the outcome of the election against Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. McCabe was overseeing the Trump investigation at the time.

Three House committees — Goodlatte’s judiciary panel, plus the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Rep. Devon Nunes (R-Calif.), and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C) — are investigating how the Department of Justice and FBI conducted both the investigation of the Trump/Russia allegations and a separate probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and addresses to conduct official U.S. diplomatic business.

(photo credit, article image: Bob GoodlatteCC BY-SA 2.0, by Gage Skidmore / Pete Marovich, Getty Images)

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Connor D. Wolf covers Congress and national politics and can be reached at [email protected].