"We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, nearly two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought", they said.
In March 2018, McCabe was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation hours before his retirement following a report from the Justice Department Inspector General that he had lied under oath regarding a 2016 leak to a Wall Street Journal reporter.
In a letter to McCabe's attorneys, the department said that "based on the totality of the circumstances and all of the information known to the government at this time, we consider the matter closed".
McCabe was a frequent target of attacks from the president.
In April 2018 the Justice Department Office of the Inspector General sent a criminal referral against McCabe to the US attorney's office in Washington, D.C. That referral said McCabe's leak did not serve the "public interest" and was made "to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership".
As such, another possible fallout from the closing of McCabe's case could be the implication of former FBI Director James Comey.
McCabe, who is a CNN contributor, has been perceived by President Donald Trump as one of his foes for his work on the early Russian Federation investigation for the FBI.
The president angrily denounced the decision and berated Barr over it, according to the officials.
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It should be noted that no word has come from the department as of yet regarding an investigation into Comey. Aides expected that the decision not to charge McCabe could produce a similar eruption of rage.
Trump has also repeatedly complained about FBI Director Christopher Wray in recent months, saying he has not done enough to rid the bureau of people who are disloyal to Trump.
Trump repeatedly tried to discredit the Russian Federation investigation by alleging that McCabe was biased because a super PAC that supported his wife, who once ran for a Virginia state Senate seat, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in backing from a longtime Clinton ally: former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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McCabe oversaw the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and the Clinton Foundation after his wife already lost her race, and the 2016 leak was seen as damaging - not helpful - to Clinton's campaign.
That leak confirmed the existence of the probe, the report said, which Comey had up to that point refused to do.
"During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me", McCabe has said in a statement.