March 19, 2018

FBI officials recommend former #2 at FBI Andrew McCabe be fired

14 March 2018, 10:29 | Devin Moran

Just Days Before Retirement: Watchdog Group Recommends Firing Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe

Acting FBI Director Andrew Mc Cabe testifies before the House Commerce Justice Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

If he is fired, he could lose his retirement benefits.

"How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?" McCabe declined to comment through a spokesperson.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said "the department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated".

FBI officials have recommended that the former number two at the FBI Andrew McCabe be fired, CBS News' Paula Reid reports.

Horowitz told lawmakers during a November congressional hearing that he is aiming to release the report in the "March, April time period".

McCabe stepped down from his post as the FBI's second-in-command in January after Trump repeatedly accused him of political bias, but remained on the payrolls in order to qualify for full retirement benefits.

The situation now seems fraught for all involved.

Trump has pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions ― another frequent target of Trump's wrath ― to get rid of McCabe. Trump - who already has a strained relationship with Justice Department leaders - might be particularly displeased. President Donald Trump has urged Sessions to fire McCabe so he can't collect. His wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015. McCabe represents but a piece of that work. He became the FBI's acting director after Trump fired James Comey in May, serving in that role until August 2 when Christopher Wray took charge.

The story for which McCabe authorized FBI officials to discuss came just as the bureau announced it was resuming its look at Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, though it focused more on a different case involving her family's foundation.

While Trump has suggested that McCabe was a Clinton supporter, the justification for firing him ― ironically ― has to do with a decision he made that was damaging to Clinton and Obama appointees in the Justice Department. DOJ's inspector general is conducting a broader investigation of the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe that is expected to examine Comey's actions.

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