Published: Thu, March 15, 2018

Andrew McCabe faces possible firing by Jeff Sessions

Andrew McCabe faces possible firing by Jeff Sessions

The FBI's former deputy director Andrew McCabe could be fired just days before he officially retires from the agency for disclosing details about the Clinton Foundation investigation to the media in 2016.

Fox News has learned that the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility made the recommendation to terminate McCabe.

President Trump has frequently slammed McCabe, seeing him as biased against his administration and in the tank for Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

McCabe has been on leave since stepping down in January.

Though Trump has criticized McCabe as biased in favor of Clinton, the story in question actually undercut that narrative and suggested that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials wanted to more actively probe the Clinton Foundation but were discouraged from taking more aggressive steps by the Obama Justice Department.

Josh Campbell

Sessions will get to decide whether to accept the recommendation, a move that would threaten his ability to collect a pension after his 21-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the Times.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who became a prominent target for Donald Trump, could reportedly be fired days before his planned retirement. A representative of the inspector general's office declined to comment when reached by HuffPost this week, and the office has generally been tight-lipped about the forthcoming reports. "That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process". If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe.

Trump has repeatedly called for McCabe's firing over the past several months, which leaves whatever decision Sessions makes open to partisan criticism.

A McCabe associate spoke to the Wall Street Journal in October 2016 for an article about a bureaucratic standoff between the FBI and Justice Department over its various investigations into Clinton. But it seems McCabe hasn't been a Trump favorite, either. "We have no personnel announcements at this time", spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said. DOJ's inspector general is conducting a broader investigation of the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe that is expected to examine Comey's actions.

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