FBI's Andrew McCabe fired less than 48 hours before retirement day

Source: Washington Examiner | March 16, 2018 | Kelly Cohen

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired Friday evening, less than 48 hours before he planned to formally retire and collect a full pension.

Officials at the FBI recommended that he be fired before he had planned to retire on Sunday, his 50th birthday.

In a lengthy statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General provided its report on “allegations of misconduct” by McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility “after an extensive and fair investigation.”

“The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions,” Sessions’ statement said.

Thus, Sessions said according to department rules, and because of the IG report, findings of the FBI’s Office of Processional Responsibility and the recommendation of Scott Schools — the department’s most senior attorney — “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

McCabe, a 21-year-veteran of the bureau, had asked senior officials in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office Thursday afternoon to be allowed to retire. But the decision ultimately was in Sessions’ hands due to the high-ranking nature of McCabe.

McCabe, who was appointed by former FBI Director James Comey in January 2016, announced his intent earlier this year to go on “terminal leave” until he could retire and be eligible for full pension in mid-March. By retiring Sunday McCabe would have been able to get full retirement benefits.

It is unclear now what part of his pension he will receive.

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    Has McCabe been indicted, arrested, tried and/or convicted of any wrongdoing? If not, I think he might have a good case, should he decide to sue for his whole pension. Not sure what the law is, but I’m not sure he was fired for cause — unless there is no need for cause.

    Anyway, this firing wasn’t really necessary. McCabe is just another casualty of Trump’s massive ego, paranoia and general mental illness. Even if McCabe loses his pension fight, or decides not to sue at all — he just might have enough ammunition to sink Trump’s presidency. Who knows what McCabe has on Trump?

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