Donald Trump has seen the inspector general report issued by the Department of Justice in regards to former FBI Deputy Director #Andrew Mccabe allegedly lying about leaking confidential information to the media.
McCabe was sacked March 16 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just two days before he was to retire with a full federal pension.
He previously told investigators as well as his former boss, then Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, he did not authorise the leak and "did not know who did", according to the report.
"McCabe was totally controlled by Comey - McCabe is Comey!", Trump tweeted on Friday in reference to the report on McCabe.
In a detailed rebuttal to the report, McCabe said he had made Comey aware of what he was doing, and that the report showed that Comey's recollection of their conversation was "fragmentary" and his statements about it "equivocal".
Mr McCabe, who argued he was being targeted because of his involvement in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, released a statement on Friday saying he was authorised to share information and did not intentionally mislead anyone. Comey accuses the president of being "untethered to truth", and describes in detail his interactions with Mr. Trump. In a lengthy statement, Bromwich said the inspector general unfairly tried to conclude its work before McCabe could retire. This should be only the first of several critical IG reports on FBI misconduct under investigation by Horowitz.
The inspector general, in contrast, found that McCabe violated FBI policy by acknowledging the existence of a criminal investigation that was not public at the time.
"W$3 e concluded that McCabe's decision to confirm the existence of the CF Investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior Department official in a manner created to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception", the report says.
"President Trump will no doubt gloat about these findings and misuse them in his ongoing disinformation campaign", he continued, asserting that House Republicans "will nearly certainly try to use this report to fuel their efforts to distract from the abuses of power by this Administration and to undermine the Department of Justice".
Before firing McCabe, Trump had zeroed in on contributions a political group aligned with then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) made to McCabe's wife's unsuccessful campaign for state senator in 2015.