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McCabe Reportedly Oversaw ‘Federal Criminal Investigation’ Into Jeff Sessions Last Year

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, the man fired by Jeff Sessions last week, was apparently overseeing an investigation into Sessions just last year.

In his statement last week, Sessions said, “Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.”

A new ABC News report says that McCabe “oversaw a federal criminal investigation into whether Sessions lacked candor when testifying before Congress about contacts with Russian operatives”:

One source told ABC News that Sessions was not aware of the investigation when he decided to fire McCabe last Friday less than 48 hours before McCabe, a former FBI deputy director, was due to retire from government and obtain a full pension, but an attorney representing Sessions declined to confirm that.

Last year, several top Republican and Democratic lawmakers were informed of the probe during a closed-door briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and McCabe, ABC News was told.

Chuck Cooper, lawyer for Sessions, told ABC News, “The Special Counsel’s office has informed me that after interviewing the attorney general and conducting additional investigation, the attorney general is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and related written submissions to Congress.”

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