Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

FBI's Andrew McCabe Might Be Fired Days Before Retirement

FBI's Andrew McCabe Might Be Fired Days Before Retirement

FBI officials have recommended that the former number two at the FBI Andrew McCabe be fired, CBS News' Paula Reid reports.

When asked about the reports, the Justice Department said in a statement: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated. We have no personnel announcements at this time", spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.

Firing Mr. McCabe, even on the recommendation of the disciplinary office, would be controversial.

A recommendation was made by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility and sent to the Justice Department, where Attorney Gneral Jeff Sessions was expected to make a final decision.

McCabe's pension kicks in on Sunday, so the termination would have to be done by close of business on Friday to stop it.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release a report that says McCabe authorized bureau officials to speak with the Wall Street Journal about an investigation involving the Clinton Foundation.

Reporters had been chasing down leads about McCabe's fate in the past few days as he approached his official retirement date.

Trump has previously suggested McCabe was biased in favor of Clinton, pointing out that McCabe's wife, who ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Virginia Legislature, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from the political-action committee of Terry McAuliffe, the then-governor of Virginia and a noted Clinton ally.

But their decision to issue a separate report focusing exclusively on McCabe is somewhat unusual, and has enabled Sessions to take disciplinary action before McCabe's retirement date, if he chooses.

McCabe, 49, had always been expected to retire March 18, though he left his post after his boss, FBI Director Christopher Wray, was told of what the inspector general had found. "90 days to go?!"

One focal point for Trump has been McCabe's wife's political connections to allies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump asked a year ago.

"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation", the president demanded to know last June.

Horowitz also is reviewing whether McCabe should have recused himself from the probe early because of his family's ties to the Democratic Party.

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