Andrew McCabe, the former Deputy Director of the FBI, is on the verge of being fired just days before his scheduled retirement, according to multiple news reports.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a recommendation to fire McCabe, some close to the bureau told The New York Times. The recommendation comes in the midst of an internal review that is focused on a choice McCabe made in 2016 that allowed agency officials to speak with reporters about a Clinton Foundation investigation.
The New York Times reported that the Justice Department’s inspector general gave a report about the internal review that triggered an FBI disciplinary process that led to recommending McCabe’s ouster.
Now Sessions must decide whether to accept the recommendation, according to the Times.
McCabe’s retirement is set to become effective Sunday and his firing could jeopardize his pension. He is a 21-year veteran of the bureau, according to the report.
A Justice Department spokesperson said that the department “follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated.”
“That process includes recommendations from career employees, and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process. We have no personnel announcements at this time,” Sarah Isgur Flores said.
McCabe stepped down from his position as Deputy Director and took a leave of absence earlier this year after he encountered pressure from both the GOP and President Trump. He was accused of bias in his handling of the Clinton email probe.
Earlier this month, The Times had reported that the inspector general’s report was expected to criticize McCabe for allowing agency officials to give information about an ongoing investigation to the media. McCabe allegedly authorized FBI officials to give information to The Wall Street Journal in its probe regarding how the agency handled Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
McCabe reportedly allowed officials to discuss a meeting detailed in an October 2016 Journal report, at which some top Department of Justice officials decided against authorizing a grand jury or subpoenas in the Clinton investigation.
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Credit: The Hill