Sessions May Fire McCabe Days Before He's Set to Retire

Just Days Before Retirement: Watchdog Group Recommends Firing Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe

NYT: FBI's McCabe Expected to Be Fired This Week

McCabe is anxious that if he were to be fired in the next few days, before he is officially eligible for his retirement benefits, he could lose a full pension that he has built after almost 22 years of public service, according to sources familiar with McCabe's thinking.

The New York Times reports that an internal recommendation has been given to Sessions arguing that McCabe deserves to be fired.

"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. "We have no personnel announcements at this time".

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Horowitz also determined that McCabe was not forthcoming to investigators when asked about his involvement in the matter.

The inspector general's report has taken on increased attention as President Donald Trump and his allies have railed against FBI officials like McCabe over the agency's handling of certain investigations and claims of political bias. His investigation has already led to the demotion of Peter Strzok, a former FBI counterintelligence official who worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

McCabe, 49, came under Republican criticism in 2016 because he helped oversee the Clinton email investigation even though his wife had accepted donations from Democratic political organizations for an unsuccessful campaign in 2015 for the Virginia state senate. Trump tweeted. Federal law states that government employees can lose their pension and benefits if convicted of a federal crime - there is no indication McCabe could face any charges for his actions.

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The inspector general has since last January been investigating the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the politically charged probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, which is separate from the foundation probe. Lack of candor, especially while under oath is a fireable offense at the Bureau, but in FBI's history, no deputy director has ever been fired.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits". The chat with then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett was evidently meant to push back on the suggestion that McCabe was in Clinton's pocket. If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe.

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