Andrew McCabe, who served as Deputy Director of the FBI, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee within the next few days. He has apparently requested immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony. CNN is reporting that McCabe requested that “the Senate Judiciary Committee provide him with immunity from prosecution” so that he will talk about the FBI’s handling of the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices while she served as secretary of state in the Obama administration. 

“Under the terms of such a grant of use immunity, no testimony or other information provided by Mr. McCabe could be used against him in a criminal case,” wrote Michael Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe, to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. Grassley has requested McCabe testify next week. He has also invited former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch to testify. McCabe was fired in April.

The revelation about McCabe comes while Capitol Hill and the White House are expecting to receive within days a long-awaited report by DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz into the FBI's handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices at the State Department. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signaled his dissatisfaction over the pace of Horowitz’s probe. He tweeted, “What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. Transparency!”

Bromwich, McCabe’s lawyer, declared in the letter to Grassley his willingness to provide emails to the committee that will “demonstrate that Mr. McCabe advised former Director Comey, in October 2016, that Mr. McCabe was working with FBI colleagues to correct inaccuracies before certain media stories were published.” However, McCabe is expected to come under fire in the inspector general’s report.

The report from Horowitz was completed weeks ago and is expected to reach 400 pages in length. It addresses Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for classified communications during her time at the State Department, and is being reviewed by the FBI and Department of Justice.  According to investigative journalist Sara Carter, persons mentioned in the report are allowed to review the document, which is expected to be “long and thorough” and critical of former FBI director Comey. Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida was quoted by Carter as saying of the report, “This has gone on long enough and the American people’s patience is wearing thin. We need accountability.” Carter cited another congressional official who claimed that Horowitz’s office will “slow roll documents, fail to adhere to congressional oversight and ... wait until summer and then turn over documents that are heavily redacted.” There are reports that the delay of the report, which had been expected in late winter, is due to the review by the FBI and DOJ.

President Trump again express frustration with Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his recusal in the probe into supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He tweeted on Tuesday, “The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself...I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined...and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!”

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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