FILE - In this May 11, 2017, file photo then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department has repeatedly refused to provide McCabe with documents related to his firing, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf Tuesday, June 12, 2018. McCabe was fired less than two days before his scheduled retirement amid allegations that he had misled internal investigators. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Lawsuit says DOJ not providing documents to ex-FBI official

June 13, 2018 - 1:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, says the Justice Department has repeatedly refused to provide McCabe documents related to his firing.

The complaint filed Tuesday says the Justice Department has publicly defended McCabe's firing yet failed to identify for McCabe the policies and procedures it followed before dismissing him. McCabe's lawyers allege that the department has withheld the information for fear that the materials could be used against them in any additional lawsuits.

McCabe's firing last March divided current and former Justice Department officials. The suit signals that McCabe is determined to try to clear his name in court even as he faces a possible criminal probe into whether he intentionally misled internal investigators.

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