Huge breaking news this afternoon as we’re learning that the inspector general of the Justice Department has given its findings over to federal prosecutors to determine if criminal charges should be brought to Andrew McCabe.

McCabe, the fired FBI Deputy Director, was caught red-handed lying to investigators. He was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just days before he was set to officially retire and collect his government pension in full.

Not only was McCabe denied his full pension, now it looks like he’ll be paying for a top-tier lawyer to defend himself against criminal charges.

From The Washington Post:

The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in D.C. to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime, according to people familiar with the matter.

The referral to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office occurred some time ago, after the inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his own boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.

It was not immediately clear how the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office responded to the referral, or whether prosecutors there are conducting their own investigation or believe criminal charges are appropriate. A referral to federal prosecutors does not necessarily mean McCabe will be charged with a crime.

Should federal prosecutors decide to prosecute, they have all the evidence they need to charge McCabe. Almost a dozen Republicans recently petitioned the Justice Department to investigate whether or not McCabe broke any laws.

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