Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe has been a public and private target of President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his role in both the investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as his status as a witness in a potential case of obstruction against the president.
The Justice Department's inspector general said that McCabe had not been forthcoming during the review, though details about what the official failed to say were not clear. McCabe never intentionally misled investigators and did his best to accurately address investigators' questions, according to those sources.
That article came on the heels of a Wall Street Journal story suggesting ― to McCabe's displeasure ― that McCabe had a conflict of interest because his wife's political campaign had received money from groups tied to Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there "are no personnel announcements at this time".
McCabe stepped down as deputy director in January following a meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray. That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process. He is due to officially retire on Sunday, but Sessions is reviewing a formal recommendation to dismiss him.
The report recommended that McCabe be terminated, leaving Sessions in charge of his fate.
The President repeatedly took to Twitter to blast Mr McCabe's role overseeing FBI investigations of the Clinton Foundation - a philanthropic enterprise established by former President Bill Clinton - and of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State. And according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents, McCabe had no oversight of the Clinton matter until he became deputy director in February 2016, three months after his wife lost her election bid. A representative of the inspector general's office declined to comment when reached by HuffPost this week, and the office has generally been tight-lipped about the forthcoming reports.
While it does not appear that the source provided classified information, disclosure of ongoing investigations is typically not allowed.
The Wall Street Journal story was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter at The Washington Post.