Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

FBI's Andrew McCabe Might Be Fired Days Before Retirement

FBI's Andrew McCabe Might Be Fired Days Before Retirement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now reviewing recommendations for McCabe's firing from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.

In the past, the president has tried to connect the dots between McCabe and Clinton over a campaign donation his wife received from Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said: "The department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated".

In January, McCabe was "removed" from his post as deputy director, setting in a motion a plan to leave the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump.

The inspector general, Michael Horowitz, announced a year ago that he would investigate several contentious decisions made at the F.B.I. and Justice Department during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The New York Times reports that an internal recommendation has been given to Sessions arguing that McCabe deserves to be fired.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has for some time been working on a report that blasts McCabe for allowing two high-ranking bureau officials to sit down with the Wall Street Journal as the news outlet prepared a story in 2016 on an investigation into Hillary Clinton's family foundation, then misleading the inspector general's team about his actions. A representative of the inspector general's office declined to comment when reached by HuffPost this week, and the office has generally been tight-lipped about the forthcoming reports.

McCabe, 49, had always been expected to retire March 18, though he left his post after his boss, FBI Director Christopher Wray, was told of what the inspector general had found. "That yet-to-be-released report triggered an F.B.I. disciplinary process that recommended his termination - leaving Mr. Sessions to either accept or reverse that decision".

"The situation now seems fraught for all involved", the Post reported.

The decision could have dire ramifications for McCabe - whose pension could be at risk - as well as for the larger discussion of President Donald Trump's attempts to influence the actions of the Justice Department.

The recommendation from officials with the Office of Professional Responsibility was sent to Justice Department leaders but has not been acted on yet, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly about an internal personnel matter.

McCabe could lose his retirement benefits if he is fired.

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