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The Justice Department agreed to pay former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and his attorneys over $ 700,000 because government attorneys concluded they risked losing a lawsuit McCabe brought for his dismissal by the Trump administration just hours before he retires, Attorney General Merrick Garland told lawmakers on Wednesday.

In a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) expressed outrage at the settlement, calling the decision “beyond unbelievable” and noting that a review The Justice Department’s inspector general had revealed that McCabe had lied to investigators seven times.

“The McCabe settlement was a recommendation of career lawyers arguing this case based on their chances of success in the case,” Garland said.

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