FBI Recommends Firing Andrew McCabe

FBI Recommends Firing Andrew McCabe

Kerry Wise
March 15, 2018

FBI officials have recommended that the former number two at the FBI Andrew McCabe be fired, CBS News' Paula Reid reports. The decision whether to accept that recommendation or reject it will be made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It's likely he'll take the recommendation because it would be hard for Sessions, who has promised to go after leakers, to be perceived as looking the other way on leaks.

"The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", DOJ 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".

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

Horowitz has reportedly determined that McCabe encouraged FBI officials to speak to the media about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Recently released text messages show that Barrett had talked with the FBI's top spokesman, Michael Kortan, and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for McCabe, two days before it was published.

As first reported Wednesday by The New York Times, Sessions is now reviewing a recommendation to fire McCabe for alleged lack of candor in his discussions with the Justice Department's inspector general in the course of an investigation into how the Justice Department and the FBI handled the Clinton investigation. Now, the Justice Department's inspector general found he was not forthcoming during the review, the Times reported.

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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.

"How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?"

McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in 2015 from a political committee controlled by then-Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of the Clintons. "We have no personnel announcements at this time". McCabe represents but a piece of that work.

Mr McCabe announced that he was stepping aside in January and taking a leave of absence.

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