McCabe could be fired before Federal Bureau of Investigation retirement


WASHINGTON ― Andrew McCabe, who took over as acting head of the FBI after President Donald Trump fired former Director James Comey a year ago, may soon be fired by the Trump administration just ahead of his formal retirement date on Sunday, putting his pension in peril after more than two decades at the bureau. It's likely he'll take the recommendation because it would be hard for Sessions, who has promised to go after leakers, to be perceived as looking the other way on leaks.

"The department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", Sarah Isgur Flores told the newspaper. That yet-to-be-released report triggered an F.B.I. disciplinary process that recommended his termination - leaving Mr. Sessions to either accept or reverse that decision.

Horowitz also determined that McCabe was not forthcoming to investigators when asked about his involvement in the matter. Though no decision has been made, people inside the Justice Department expect him to be fired before Friday, a decision that would jeopardize his pension as a 21-year F.B.I. veteran... President Donald Trump has not been shy about weighing in on McCabe's fate. "We have no personnel announcements at this time".

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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. He became the FBI's acting director after Trump fired James Comey in May, serving in that role until August 2 when Christopher Wray took charge. At the time his wife was running for election, McCabe was the head of the FBI's Washington Field Office. And according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents, McCabe had no oversight of the Clinton matter until he became deputy director in February 2016, three months after his wife lost her election bid. If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe.

The Wall Street Journal story was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter at The Washington Post.