Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe reportedly led a perjury criminal investigation into Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year.
— James Gordon Meek (@meekwire) March 21, 2018
McCabe’s secret probe of the Attorney General emerged after Sessions was found to have lied to Congress about his contacts with Russian officials while working on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The inquiry ended without charges being filed against Sessions.
Breaking: Andrew McCabe, who was fired by AG Jeff Sessions, authorized a perjury investigation into AG Jeff Sessions a year ago: pic.twitter.com/G26KiPaqEP
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) March 21, 2018
Chuck Cooper, the attorney for Sessions, emphasized to NBC News that not only were charges never filed but that his client was not aware of the criminal investigation when he fired McCabe last week—two days before his scheduled retirement.
The special counsel’s Office has informed me that after interviewing the attorney general and conducting additional investigation, the attorney general is not under investigation for false statements or perjury in his confirmation hearing testimony and related written submissions to Congress.
Sessions' involvement in McCabe's firing already stunk, now it's an absolute scandal. There is no defense for his failure to recuse. https://t.co/v4iQJxaquf
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) March 21, 2018
During his confirmation hearing last year, Sessions testified that he had not met with any Russian officials during the course of the Trump presidential campaign, however, details later emerged that Sessions had, on more than one occasion, had contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyac.