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Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before the House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. Photo credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

The New York Times reports federal prosecutors are nearing a decision about whether to prosecute Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI. McCabe was fired last year (on the day he was set to retire) based on an inspector general report that found he repeatedly lacked candor in interviews with investigators looking into a leak to the Wall Street Journal. According to the IG, the leak essentially confirmed the existence of an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation just weeks before the election, and generally, the FBI does not comment on ongoing investigations. The IG report said McCabe authorized the leak but mislead several people about it, including then-FBI director James Comey. Now McCabe could be indicted for lying to federal investigators.

Does it seem like prosecutors have a good case against McCabe? What about vindictive prosecution, given that President Trump has been openly out to get him? And what about McCabe’s civil suit against the FBI for wrongful termination?

Plus: Why are Democrats fighting about seeking President Trump’s tax returns? And if it seems like President Trump has a lot fewer legal problems than a year ago, should we believe that’s the case?



Sara Fay