Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday the dismissal of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
McCabe had been planning to retire Sunday, on his 50th birthday, and it is now unclear whether he will get the pension he has accumulated during his 20+ years with the bureau.
“Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hardworking men and women at the FBI,” tweeted the President late Friday night. “A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choir boy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!”
The decision to fire McCabe followed a review by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who recommended McCabe be dismissed after concluding he made an “unauthorized disclosure to the news media.” This is likely a reference to McCabe’s role in allowing other FBI officials to speak with The Wall Street Journal about a corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
A follow-up report on McCabe by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that McCabe had repeatedly lacked candor while making statements under oath.
“Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the FBI, but Mr. McCabe’s last-minute dismissal was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop,” notes The New York Times. McCabe was among the first to look into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and has long been a target of the President’s criticism.
Around the same time, McCabe oversaw the Clinton email investigation, his wife Jill was running for Virginia state senator. Mrs. McCabe, a Democrat, received $700,000 from the PAC of longtime Clinton friend Terry McAuliffe.
McCabe claims his dismissal is part of the Trump Administration’s “war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel Investigation” and that the “attack on his credibility” is “part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals.”
McCabe says he is being “singled out” due to the actions he took and the events he witnessed following the firing of James Comey in May 2017.
“The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn.”
Editor’s note: McCabe has tainted the FBI with his actions with his biased actions. He was well fired.