Deadline: Judge gives DOJ until Nov 15 to charge Andrew McCabe or drop investigation

Deadline: Judge gives DOJ until Nov 15 to charge Andrew McCabe or drop investigation
Andrew McCabe, CBS 60 Minutes video (Image: CBS News screen grab)

[Ed. – The ongoing investigation is DOJ’s reason for not releasing documents sought by CREW, David Brock’s “watchdog” organization.  If keeping the McCabe process in the investigative stage for the moment is a strategy to get the most out of the overarching set of investigations — which I suspect it is — then the CREW lawsuit is a way to try to deny that strategic option to Barr.  Any move to trial immediately subjects every card DOJ holds to disclosure rules, which is what I’ve been warning about.  If McCabe gets charged, it’s not CREW that gets the DOJ material; it’s McCabe’s attorneys.  At any rate, now there’s a deadline: the 15th of November.]

At a hearing on Monday in a lawsuit seeking records related to an internal Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Mr. McCabe, Judge Reggie Walton said the Justice Department was undermining the credibility of both the department and the court by not making a decision, according to a transcript of the hearing. Judge Walton ordered the department to make a decision by Nov. 15. …

After a lawyer for the watchdog group seeking the records, Citizens for Responsibility And Ethics in Washington, said she was concerned about “growing evidence that the president aided by the attorney general is using the power of his office to go after perceived political enemies,” Judge Walton said Mr. Trump was “going after the courts too,” and said he shared “many of the same concerns.”

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