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Fired FBI Director James Comey told CNN's Jake Tapper he could be a witness for the prosecution in any potential case against former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

"I could well be a witness," Comey told Tapper.

Earlier today, the Justice Department's inspector general referred its findings on McCabe to the US attorney's office in Washington for possible criminal charges associated with lying to internal investigators, according to a source familiar with the matter.

When exactly the referral was made to the US attorney's office was not immediately clear, and prosecutors there may decline to prosecute.

Last week, the IG issued a report finding that McCabe "lacked candor" on four occasions with internal investigators when discussing a Wall Street Journal article about the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN.

In addition, the inspector general determined that McCabe was not authorized to disclose the existence of the investigation because it was not within the department's "public interest" exception for disclosing ongoing investigations.

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