(National Sentinel) Political Cover: Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have issued a “stand-down” order to field agents who launched an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to determine if she handled classified information over it following a New York Times report in March 2015.
As reported by investigative journalist Sara A. Carter:
Multiple former FBI officials, along with a Congressional official, say that while there may have been internal squabbling over the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation at the time, there was allegedly another “stand-down” order by McCabe regarding the opening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of her private email for official government business.
McCabe’s stand-down order regarding Clinton’s private email use happened after The New York Times first reported Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules in March 2015 and before the official investigation was requested by the Justice Department toward the end of July 2015.
Carter notes that after the Times ran its story the FBI’s Washington Field Office began its investigation. Sources told her that at the time McCabe was overseas when he became aware an investigation had been launched and sent electronic communications indicating his displeasure with those agents.
“McCabe tried to steer people off the private email investigation and that appears to be obstruction and should be investigated,” one former FBI official with knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the investigation said, Carter reported.
“Now if the information on the ‘stand-down’ order is obtained by the IG that could bring a whole lot of other troubles to McCabe.”
Earlier this month the DoJ IG’s office made a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia regarding McCabe — for lying multiple times to bureau investigators regarding leaks of information to the media.
A recently publicized IG report found that “then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions in connection with describing his role in connection with a disclosure to the WSJ.”
Carter notes further:
Horowitz’s referral on McCabe is the second referral seeking criminal prosecution of McCabe. The first referral was sent this week by Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fl, and ten other lawmakers asking for the investigation based on McCabe’s false testimony to investigators.
The evidence collected by Horowitz has raised new questions with Congressional investigators regarding McCabe’s role in the Bureau’s investigations into Clinton and what role President Obama’s Department of Justice may have had in both investigations.