Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Hillary Clinton loyalist, has been placed under investigation for wrongly accusing Michael Flynn of having ties to Russia.
McCabe’s position at the bureau came under scrutiny during the Clinton email investigation after it came to light that his wife, Jill McCabe, accepted $500,000 from Clinton confidant Governor Terry McAuliffe.
According to a new report, Flynn came under fire from McCabe after he defended FBI Special Agent, Robyn Gritz, who accused McCabe of sexual discrimination. This prompted McCabe to launch a criminal probe against Flynn for alleged Russia ties in an act of revenge.
Anonymous sources within the FBI note that McCabe made disparaging remarks about Flynn before and after the time the retired Army general was probed in the Russia case.
Circa.com reports: Circa reported Monday that former supervisory special agent Robyn Gritz, a decorated counterterrorism agent, has filed a sexual discrimination and retaliation complaint that names McCabe and other top FBI officials.
That is working its way through the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and is awaiting a review by an administrative law judge in the Office of Federal Operations.
Gritz also filed a complaint against McCabe with the main federal whistleblower agency in April, alleging social media photos she found show he campaigned for his wife’s Virginia state senate race in violation of the Hatch Act.
FBI employees are held to a higher standard than other federal workers under the Hatch Act and may not “endorse or oppose a candidate for partisan political office or a candidate for political party office in a political advertisement, broadcast, campaign literature, or similar material if such endorsement or opposition is done in concert with a candidate, political party, or partisan political group.”
The OSC told Circa that complaint is still being actively investigated.
In addition, the Justice Department Inspector General is investigating allegations from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, that McCabe may not have properly disclosed campaign payments to his wife on his ethics report and should have recused himself from Hillary Clinton’s email case.