McCabe seeking immunity for Senate testimony on Clinton email probe

McCabe seeking immunity for Senate testimony on Clinton email probe

BY JOHN BOWDEN  |  THE HILL

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is seeking legal immunity in exchange for his testimony on the agency’s handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server.

A lawyer for McCabe wrote to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley(R-Iowa) on Tuesday seeking a guarantee of immunity for McCabe’s testimony before the panel, writing that the former FBI official would plead the Fifth if prompted to testify otherwise, CNN reported.

“Mr. McCabe is willing to testify, but because of the criminal referral, he must be afforded suitable legal protection,” McCabe attorney Michael Bromwich wrote to Grassley, according to CNN.

“This is a textbook case for granting use immunity…If this Committee is unwilling or unable to obtain such an order, then Mr. McCabe will have to no choice but to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.”

McCabe is the subject of a criminal referral from the agency’s inspector general, which has reportedly found that McCabe acted inappropriately by leaking information to a reporter and then lying about it to then-FBI Director James Comey.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe in March, citing the internal review that found McCabe “lacked candor.” McCabe has insisted he acted within his authority in authorizing FBI officials to talk to a reporter about an ongoing investigation surrounding the Clinton Foundation in 2016.

Grassley has also invited Comey, as well as former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to testify before the committee about the Clinton email investigation, sources told CNN.

President Trump has repeatedly and publicly attacked McCabe over donations to his wife’s unsuccessful state Senate campaign in Virginia in 2015 from a group led by then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a close Clinton family ally.

The president has called for an investigation into McCabe, who he blames for bringing the investigation into Clinton to an end.

In April, Bromwich announced that McCabe planned to retaliate by suing Trump for defamation, and was considering other charges.

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