Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

The recommendation from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility is likely to add fuel to the political fire surrounding former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who abruptly stepped down from his post this year but technically remained an Federal Bureau of Investigation employee.

Just days before he plans to officially retire, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe might be fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a source told CNN.

But their decision to issue a separate report focusing exclusively on McCabe is somewhat unusual, and has enabled Sessions to take disciplinary action before McCabe's retirement date, if he chooses.

The IG's findings on McCabe ― issued in a separate report ― started up the internal disciplinary process at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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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 call will ultimately be made by Sessions because of McCabe's seniority, a person familiar with the matter said.

McCabe declined to comment, but his friends told the Times that he denies any wrongdoing.

"The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. "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".

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment. The New York Times first reported the possibility of McCabe's firing on Wednesday.

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McCabe has been on leave since he stepped down from his post as Deputy Director back in January.

"The situation now seems fraught for all involved", the Post reported. He had attacked McCabe on the campaign trail, too, following the revelation that his wife had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally, during a failed state Senate run.

Over the a year ago, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been conducting a review of the FBI and DOJ's actions related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. McCabe represents but a piece of that work.

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

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The Wall Street Journal report was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter with The Washington Post.

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