Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is reportedly now the focus of a federal investigation. The Office of US Special Counsel is looking into McCabe’s violation of the Hatch Act, which “prohibits FBI agents from campaigning in partisan races.” Photos of McCabe campaigning for his wife suggest the acting director may have stepped over the line, and federal officials will be examining his compliance with the law (or lack of it) in further detail.
In one instance, McCabe can be seen with a sign that reads, ” I am voting for Jill because she is the best wife ever.”
FBI Deputy Director McCabe’s wife, Jill, ran for the Virginia, state senate back in 2015 as a Democrat, but the recent emergence of photos has sparked interest in whether or not McCabe’s involvement with his wife’s campaign was a violation of the Hatch Act.
As sources explain, “The Hatch Act prohibits FBI employees from engaging ‘in political activity in concert with a political party, a candidate for partisan political office, or a partisan political group.’”
“It defines prohibited political activity as ‘any activity directed at the success or failure of a partisan group or candidate in a partisan election.’”
In addition to the photos of Andrew McCabe actively supporting his wife at events, Virginia State Senator Dick Black also pointed to a photo of McCabe and his wife that was posted to social media on election day, encouraging people to go vote. Black tweeted that the post was a clear violation of the rules.
— Senator Dick Black (@SenRichardBlack) May 9, 2017
Andrew McCabe may have replaced FBI Director James Comey earlier this year, but many are wondering how this investigation will impact his current role. Additionally, since 2016, there have been questions surrounding the fact McCabe’s wife took money from a Clinton Family-tied committee. WikiLeaks, in particular, questioned whether or not McCabe was really fit to serve on the Clinton-e-mail scandal last year.
Many people have had questions about McCabe from the start, and it seems there are plenty more concerns about him to be had.