McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump

Source: The Hill | October 14, 2021 | Monique Beals

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will receive his missed pension payments worth about $200,000 and other benefits after he settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The settlement, released Thursday, reversed McCabe’s March 2018 firing and allowed him to officially retire and receive benefits. The government will also pay for $500,000 of McCabe’s legal fees, The New York Times first reported.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe just a day before he was scheduled to retire with full benefits. The firing came amid allegations that McCabe lied about leaking information about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account, though prosecutors did not charge McCabe with making false statements to law enforcement, the Times noted.

In 2019, the former deputy director filed a lawsuit claiming his firing was politically motivated.

McCabe drew the ire of former President Trump by being a leader in early Russia-related investigations that prompted questions of whether Trump had obstructed justice. 

“For 140 years, civil servants like Andrew McCabe have been the federal government’s backbone, pledging their loyalty to the Constitution rather than to any politician or political party,” McCabe’s attorney Murad Hussain said in a statement regarding Thursday’s settlement. 

“This settlement and the district court’s rulings make clear that attempts to corrupt the federal workforce through partisan intimidation and improper political influence will not go unanswered,” Hussain added.

McCabe also released a statement, saying, “Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and Civil Service personnel decisions.”


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