FBI's Andrew McCabe Might Be Fired Days Before Retirement

FBI's Andrew McCabe Might Be Fired Days Before Retirement

McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism even before the election, stepped down in January from his deputy director position.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is deciding how to handle an internal Justice Department recommendation to fire outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over his conduct in 2016 just as McCabe is set to retire this weekend. If his is fired, he will likely lose his retirement benefits.

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

The recommendation from officials with the FBI's 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 to discuss an internal disciplinary matter.

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

"The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. "That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process".

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The review is looking into McCabe's 2016 decision to allow FBI officials to speak to reporters about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to the New York Times.

People in McCabe's camp say he has an explanation for any inconsistencies in his account of the conversations, and in each instance, he went back and corrected the record, often citing the chaos around him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the time. The inspector general's report, which led to the recommendation from the disciplinary office, has not been released but is expected out soon.

The inspector general's office declined to comment.

Jill McCabe lost her election, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department said she and Andrew observed the relevant ethics requirements.

"The situation now seems fraught for all involved", the Post reported. The Justice Department said no formal decision has been made on McCabe's fate. It was assumed he'd take extra vacation days until his official retirement date on Sunday.

Trump has previously suggested McCabe was biased in favor of Clinton, pointing out that McCabe's wife, who ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Virginia Legislature, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the political-action committee of Terry McAuliffe, the then-governor of Virginia and a noted Clinton ally. The office is now examining how investigations were handled at the department and the FBI in advance of the 2016 presidential election, including, notably, the Hillary Clinton email server probe. McCabe represents but a piece of that work. He also worked on the probe into Russian influence in the election. McCabe briefly took over as the FBI's acting director after Trump fired Comey in May.

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