Justice Department drops McCabe criminal investigation

Washington (CNN)The Department of Justice is dropping its criminal investigation of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe without bringing charges, it announced on Friday.

McCabe’s attorneys received a phone call and a letter from the US Attorney’s Office in DC on Friday announcing the declination.

“We write to inform you that, after careful consideration, the Government has decided not to pursue criminal charges against your client, Andrew G. McCabe, arising from the referral” made by the Inspector General’s office to investigate his behavior, the DC US Attorney’s Office wrote. McCabe’s attorneys released the letter on Friday. “Based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the Government at this time, we consider the matter closed.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice declined to provide more information.

“To have this horrific black cloud that’s been hanging over me and my family for almost the last two years, to have that finally lifted… it’s a relief that I’m not sure I can really explain to you adequately. It’s just a very emotional moment for my whole family,” McCabe told CNN’s Brianna Keilar on Friday.

Despite saying he was happy with the conclusion, McCabe called it an “absolute disgrace” that the DOJ and US attorney’s office took two years before they “finally drew the obvious conclusion.”

McCabe, who is a CNN contributor, has been perceived by President Donald Trump as one of his foes for his work on the early Russia investigation for the FBI.

The Justice Department previously appeared to be nearing a grand jury indictment of McCabe last fall after top officials rejected a private attempt by McCabe’s lawyers to appeal any coming prosecution.

The investigation then fell silent, with McCabe’s attorneys trying to get answers for months about its status. Even a federal judge attempted to force the Justice Department to give McCabe and the public an update on the investigation’s status. The Justice Department refused to do so.

The announcement on Friday comes at the end of a bruising week for the Justice Department and especially its prosecutors in DC, after the President publicly pressured them toward his political wishes.

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