The verdict dealt with Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 opponent, and Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former deputy director and acting director.
McCabe, now a CNN contributor, was fired from the Trump administration in 2018, less than two days before his planned retirement, after an investigation found him to be “frank” in describing his role in information disclosure was missing from a newspaper.
Trump has routinely beaten McCabe up in tweets and public statements. His Saturday verdict on Twitter: “Was Andy McCabe ever forced to repay the $ 700,000 Crooked Hillary Clinton illegally gave him and his wife for his wife’s political campaign while Hillary was being investigated by the FBI and McCabe was head of the FBI? ?? ”
Almost everything he said was inaccurate. Let’s break down the sentence point by point.
“… the $ 700,000 illegally given to him and his wife for his wife’s political campaign …”
Facts first:: There are two false claims in these 14 words alone. McCabe himself did not receive any donations, and the donations were not illegal.
Trump was referring to $ 675,288 spent on the unsuccessful Virginia Senate campaign in 2015 by McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe donated $ 207,788 from the State Democratic Party and $ 467,500 from Common Good VA, the Political Action Committee (PAC) of the then Virginia Terry McAuliffe administration.
There is simply no evidence that any of the donations publicly reported in Jill McCabe’s financial files were against the law. Trump has a long history of falsely accusing his opponents of illegal behavior.
“… by Crooked Hillary Clinton …”
Facts first:: Clinton didn’t make any of the donations.
McAuliffe is a longtime friend and political contributor to Hillary and Bill Clinton, but there is no evidence that the Clintons were in any way responsible for his PAC’s donations.
“There is no evidence that Hillary Clinton politically or financially supported Dr. McCabe’s 2015 Senate campaign,” the Justice Department inspector general wrote in a 2018 report.
The donation from McAuliffe’s PAC was by no means exceptional. Common Good VA made major donations to two other Democratic candidates when the party tried to gain control of the Senate in 2015: $ 803,500 to Jeremy McPike and $ 781,500 to Daniel Gecker.
Jill McCabe was in a competitive race. It lost 4.8 percentage points to the incumbent Republican.
In a 2018 article in the Washington Post, she noted that the State Party and the Governor’s PAC donations “were comparable to those of other contestants on both sides of the aisle” and that “all of these contributions” were publicly reported . ”
“… and McCabe was the head of the FBI ???”
Facts first:: Andrew McCabe was not “Head of the FBI” in 2015. Rather, he headed the office as deputy director for almost three months in 2017 – long after the donations and his wife’s defeat – after Trump sacked director James Comey.
McCabe spent most of 2015 serving as the FBI’s assistant director for the Washington field office. In September 2015, he became deputy deputy director.
McCabe was promoted to assistant director in February 2016. Only after the donations and the defeat of his wife did he take on a supervisory role in the Clinton investigation.
“By the time McCabe became associate director with oversight responsibility for Clinton-related matters, Dr. McCabe had already lost her election and no developments in Clinton-related matters could plausibly affect Dr. McCabe’s financial interests.” The inspector general wrote in 2018.
McCabe voluntarily withdrew from the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email practices and the Clinton Foundation in November 2016 following an October 2016 article in the Wall Street Journal about the donations. (The Inspector General reported in 2018 that there were “a few cases” in which he did not fully comply with this refusal.)
In a separate 2018 report, the Inspector General noted that McCabe was “not open enough” on four counts when discussing with Comey and investigators his role in providing information to the Wall Street Journal for a separate article, which discussed the Clinton Foundation investigation.
McCabe has denied this conclusion, stating that he never deliberately misled investigators or FBI directors. He declined to comment on this fact-checking.