On Monday, Fox News Channel show host Sean Hannity spoke to journalist Sara Carter, who claims that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have instructed FBI agents to alter their “FD-302” forms -- the documentation filed by agents after interviews. Their conversation came on the same day that McCabe’s departure from the FBI was announced. On Sunday, FBI Director Christopher Wray was reportedly "shocked to his core" after reading the four-page memorandum prepared by Republicans of the House Intelligence Committee about FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.

According to Carter, while McCabe was already slated to retire in March, the FISA memo apparently precipitated his departure. Carter said, “Remember Sean, he was planning on resigning in March - that already came out in December. This time they asked him to go right away. You're not coming into the office. I've heard reports he didn't even come in for the morning meeting - that he didn't show up.”

When Hannity heard from Carter that McCabe may have instructed FBI agents to alter their 302 interview reports, he asked, “So that would be obstruction of justice?” Carter responded, “Exactly. This is something the Inspector General is investigating. If this is true and not alleged, McCabe will be fired. I heard they are considering firing him within the next few days if this turns out to be true.” Reports that McCabe was “quitting," Carter said, may be just the beginning, and that more resignations are forthcoming. According to Axios, McCabe may have decided to leave the FBI in anticipation of a report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Hannity said on the program that if indeed the FD-302 forms were altered, it may be one of the biggest political stories ever.

Recently, McCabe spent lengthy sessions behind closed doors to testify before several Congressional committees. While it was expected that he would remain until early March and thus receive his full pension, that he departed so suddenly has been understood by observers in Washington that FBI Director Wray -- a Trump appointee -- may have embarked on house cleaning at the agency. 

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is conducting an investigation into the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server whilst serving as Barack Obama’s secretary of state. Among the issues that Horowitz may be examining is the possible alteration of FD-302 forms used by FBI in the Hillary probe. The form is used by FBI agents to "report or summarize the interviews that they conduct" and contains notes taken during the interview by the non-primary agent. It consists of information taken from the subject of the interview, rather than details about the subject themselves.

On Hannity’s program, former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said, “I have regularly defended [Special Counsel] Bob Mueller. I used to defend [former FBI Director] James Comey on his investigation of Hillary. I can no longer do that. I think the investigation into Hillary has turned out to be a sham...In this instance, the FBI has let us all down."
 

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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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