FBI's Andrew McCabe Might Be Fired Days Before Retirement

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, The New York Times reported Wednesday afternoon.

The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility has reportedly recommended firing Andrew McCabe. four days before he's set to retire.

Horowitz's report has not been released, and McCabe denies having misled anyone, a person familiar with the case said.

"The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. After his wife's campaign was over - she lost - McCabe was promoted to the deputy director post, where he oversaw the Clinton investigation until a report about the contributions led him to recuse himself.

The Justice Department's inspector general has been looking into McCabe's actions as part of a broader investigation into the handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. He is due to officially retire on Sunday, but Sessions is reviewing a formal recommendation to dismiss him.

McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism even before the election, has been on leave from the Federal Bureau of Investigation since stepping down in January from his deputy director position.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment.

McCabe, 49, had always been expected to retire on March 18 though he abruptly left his post earlier this year after his boss, FBI Director Christopher Wray, was told of what the inspector general had found.

Horowitz's investigators discovered text messages between Strzok and Lisa Page, a McCabe deputy, in which they were heavily critical of President Donald Trump. "The Justice Department's inspector general concluded that McCabe was not forthcoming during the review, according to the people briefed on the matter".

McCabe did not return an Associated Press reporter's call seeking comment. "We have no personnel announcements at this time", she added.

Republicans have questioned McCabe's ties to the Democratic Party, considering his wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015 and got financial help from a group tied to Clinton family ally Terry McAuliffe.

His departure followed months of attacks from Mr Trump, who has lambasted the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as compromised by the presence of partisan officials.

  • Jon Douglas