FBI's McCabe Expected to Be Fired This Week

Andrew Mc Cabe at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

Andrew Mc Cabe at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility has now recommended firing McCabe, who abruptly stepped down as deputy director back in January over allegations that he misled investigators about disclosing sensitive information to the press, leaving the final decision up to the attorney general, according to CNN.

Trump's statements about McCabe put pressure on Sessions to fire him, and would create an appearance of impropriety even if Sessions' decision to fire McCabe were backed by a formal recommendation.

According to the New York Times, which first reported the story, the Justice Department's inspector general concluded in an upcoming report that McCabe has not been forthcoming with its investigation to how the FBI handled its probe into Hillary Clinton's email server.

No announcement is imminent, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.

Mr. McCabe's retirement will take effect Sunday, but he stepped down in January almost two months before his scheduled departure. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing the recommendation. A government official at the time said Mr. McCabe was merely using his retirement eligibility a few weeks early.

Through a representative, McCabe declined to comment to the Washington Post.


The President has assailed donations to Mr McCabe's wife, a Democrat running for a spot in Virginia's state legislature, from a political group overseen by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally.

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

Trump has taunted McCabe, tweeting in late December, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation", the president demanded to know last June.

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. The chat with then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett was evidently meant to push back on the suggestion that McCabe was in Clinton's pocket.

The Justice Department's inspector general has investigated the decision-making in the Clinton email case, including events and actions involving McCabe.

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