US Attorney General Sessions fires ex-FBI deputy director McCabe

FILE PHOTO: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions (L) and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe © Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says has fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, effective immediately. The abrupt termination could cost McCabe, who is accused of mishandling Hillary Clinton‘s email probe, much of his pension.

The termination was recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. It comes after a still-classified report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general found that McCabe mishandled the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

“Based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Sessions said of his decision.

McCabe’s firing was announced on Friday, just two days before he was set to retire. The sacking could cost McCabe the pension that he was entitled to after 21 years of working at the FBI.

McCabe “has made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions,”Sessions stated, citing reports by both the Inspector General and the ORP. The soon-to-be-released DOJ report is expected to reveal that McCabe leaked information about the Clinton email probe to the media and misled watchdog investigators.

McCabe announced that he would be stepping down from his post in late January, but took a “terminate leave” that would have allowed him to collect an estimated $60,000 a year pension. McCabe planned to retire on Sunday, the day of his 50th birthday.

The career FBI official’s plan did not sit well with US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly taunted him on Twitter, particularly over his wife’s connections. In July, Trump tweeted that McCabe should have been fired because his wife, Jill, received money from a Clinton ally in 2015 to run for a state seat in Virginia. In a string of tweets in December, Trump slammed McCabe for “racing the clock to retire with full benefits.”

In the statement released upon his ouster, McCabe accused the White House and Trump personally of taking revenge on him for his conduct in wake of the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

“The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President,” McCabe said, describing the accusations against him as “an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn.”

His dismissal, McCabe argued, is a part of a larger pattern involving “an ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel [Robert Mueller] Investigation [into Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia]” waged by the Trump administration.

He has rejected all the accusations against him, saying that there is “nothing further from the truth” than the claims that he lacked integrity and was led by political motives through the Clinton probe.

McCabe has also denied that he single-handedly allowed media leaks, arguing that all his contacts with the press were supervised by the FBI chief. “It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. He went on to point out that he continued “the same type of work” after Comey was fired and replaced with Christopher Wray “at his request.”



There are way too many booms in our headlines lately. But this is a big one.


They were talking about doing this in order to screw him over on his pension, and it looks like they pulled the trigger. This is gonna cost him A LOT of money…



Wow. Here’s the statement:

Here’s our original story about Sessions considering firing McCabe.


Here’s McCabe’s FIERY RESPONSE!!!!!


With Pension at Stake, McCabe Makes Case to Avoid Being Fired


Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is meeting with the Justice Department to make the case for why he should be allowed to retire rather than be fired, according to an individual familiar with the meeting.

The threat of firing arose after it came to light McCabe allegedly misled internal investigators looking into looking into an array of matters connected to the 2016 presidential campaign.

CNN reported on Thursday that McCabe and his lawyers are meeting with the Justice Department officials in an attempt to dissuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions from firing the embattled FBI official. At stake is not only McCabe’s proffesional integrity but also a pension estimated to be worth nearly $2 million dollars.

Last year, McCabe announced he would exercise his ability to take early retirement when he became eligible in 2018. Members of the bureau are eligible to retire provided they are 50 years of age and have served for at least 20 years. In late January, McCabe surprised many by announcing he would vacate his post earlier than expected. Since then, he has remained on the FBI payroll through accrued vacation time.

McCabe came under fire this week after the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended he be terminated. The decision followed a year-long inspector general probe into whether McCabe should have done more to shield certain investigations from potential conflicts of interest, an investigation that just recently resulted in a draft report on the former deputy director, ABC News reports.

In the draft report, internal investigators conclude McCabe went too far in trying to push back against media reports questioning whether family ties to Democrats could impact his work, particularly when he authorized FBI officials to speak with a reporter about the agency’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to a source familiar with the findings.

But the draft report takes particular issue with how forthcoming McCabe was when Justice Department officials asked him questions about his actions, according to the source.

Those close to McCabe insist he has been forthcoming with investigators.

Even prior to the watchdog’s report, McCabe had drawn the ire of President Donald Trump and those critical of potential political bias. The president was particularly critical of the fact that McCabe’s wife had received over $600,000 from groups connected to long-standing Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe during a failed campaign for the Virginia State Senate in 2015. McCabe also faced criticism following allegations he received the statement exonerating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of wrongdoing months before she was even interviewed by the FBI in its investigation into her use of a private email server

McCabe’s tenure overseeing the Clinton investigation was likely a consideration in him being passed over for promotion to the FBI’s top spot after James Comey‘s dismissal. McCabe had served as acting director from May to August of 2017, filling in for Comey, before being snubbed by the president in favor of Christopher Wray.

The Washington Free Beacon first broke that McCabe is set to receive a pension worth $1.8 million dollars once his retirement becomes effective. McCabe, who served in the FBI for 21 years, will be eligible to start drawing a pension amounting to $55,230 annually. If he is fired by the attorney general, as recommended by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility, before his official retirement date of March 18, 2018, he will lose his pension and all retirement benefits.

Sessions has until Friday, March 16 to make a final determination on McCabe’s employment

Mark Levin: Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization, demanding documents about Russia (March 15 2018)

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Mueller doesn’t have temperament or objectivity to be federal prosecutor. There is no special counsel to investigate Russian collusion, only a rogue prosecutor acting as an inquisitor and executioner with a single mission; remove Trump from office. Mueller should be investigating actual Russian collusion between Hillary Clinton, her campaign, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donna Brazile, and the entire Democratic National Committee, yet he only focuses on President Trump, his family, and his campaign staff. The only Russian collusion that took place occurred in the shadows of the Clinton campaign.