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2018-03-22 10:22:05
McCabe reportedly supervised Sessions probe; lawyer says Mueller isn’t investigating AG for perjury

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe reportedly oversaw a perjury investigation of the man who fired him: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

ABC News broke the news in a story relying on anonymous sources; the New York Times followed with its own anonymously sourced story.

The investigation overseen by McCabe considered whether Sessions committed perjury when he told Congress last year that he had no contacts with Russians. Sessions later acknowledged he had spoken with the then-Russian ambassador twice in 2016, but the meetings were not held to discuss campaign issues. The meetings were held in his capacity as a senator, Sessions said, and his answer was truthful within the context of the question posed to him.

A source told the publications that Sessions was not aware of the perjury investigation when he fired McCabe last Friday for making an unauthorized disclosure to the media and lacking candor under oath. McCabe said he had the authority to make the disclosure, and he had answered questions about the incident as truthfully as he could amidst the chaos.

Sessions’ lawyer, Charles Cooper, responded with a statement that said the attorney general is not being investigated by Robert Mueller.

“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,” the statement said. USA Today and the Washington Post are among the publications with stories on Sessions’ response.