Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ex-No. 2 Federal Bureau of Investigation official may face firing ahead of retirement

Ex-No. 2 Federal Bureau of Investigation official may face firing ahead of retirement

The FBI determined in an internal review that former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should be terminated, according to a report from The New York Times.

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. The stories are based on anonymous sources.

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.

In 2016, McCabe evidently authorized a top aide and the FBI's chief spokesman to speak with a Wall Street Journal reporter for a story indicating that McCabe battled with Obama appointees within the Justice Department to allow an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation to continue. Horowitz's report has not been released, and McCabe denies having misled anyone, a person familiar with the case said.

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. The report told of McCabe standing up to the Justice Department when it expressed concern about pursuing the probe during the election season.

McCabe stepped down as deputy director in January following a meeting with FBI Director Christopher Wray.

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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.

"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation", the president demanded to know last June.

Over the past year, 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. He also worked on the probe into Russian influence in the election.

The situation now seems fraught for all involved.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department acknowledged to The Times that McCabe's employment is under review.

McCabe was set to officially retire on March 18, but according to sources inside the FBI, he could be fired just days before his scheduled retirement and lose his pension after serving more than 20 years at the bureau.

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