Rep. Meadows’ Statement on Inspector General Report Regarding Andrew McCabe
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows released the following statement on the Department of Justice's Inspector General report regarding the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe:
"This initial report from Inspector General Horowitz confirms the simple fact that the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wasn’t just defensible—it was absolutely warranted. McCabe didn’t lie to his FBI superiors once, twice, or even three times—he lied four times, exposing sensitive information about ongoing investigations and failing to be truthful about his role in leaking to the press.
But it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the bigger picture here. Andrew McCabe was an undeniably critical figure in multiple investigations leading up to the 2016 Presidential election, including the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s unlawful private email server and the alleged “Russian collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign. These revelations on McCabe raise serious concerns about the decisions of FBI and DOJ leadership in both 2016 and 2017. If a central figure like McCabe was engaged in this kind of behavior, then it raises the question: what else? What other questionable activity did FBI and DOJ leadership potentially engage in during the heat of the 2016 presidential campaign?
Given the troubling information we already know, and given the Department of Justice’s apparent intention to stonewall every genuine attempt at holding federal law enforcement accountable, it is clear that the Department is both unwilling and unable to appropriately investigate themselves. Therefore, our path forward should be clear: it is time for an independent, third party investigator to look at the facts, pursue the evidence, and present what happened. Attorney General Sessions should nominate a special counsel to find the truth for the American public about what occurred—both with the Clinton investigation and the Trump campaign investigation—at the highest levels of our Justice Department.”