The FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility called for the firing of former deputy director Andrew McCabe a few days before he planned to retire with full benefits. The decision will be up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The FBI’s employee discipline office recommended firing Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s former deputy director, over allegations that he authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter and misled investigators when asked about it, the Washington Post reports. Attorney General Jeff Sessions must decide whether he should fire the veteran official just four days before his expected retirement date. The recommendation from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility adds fuel to the political fire surrounding Andrew McCabe, who abruptly stepped down earlier this year. McCabe was hoping to retire Sunday, when he becomes eligible for his full benefits. If he is fired first, he could lose those. President Trump has long made McCabe a particular target of his ire.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been working on a report critical of McCabe for allowing two high-ranking bureau officials to sit down with the Wall Street Journal as the news outlet prepared a report in 2016 on an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s family foundation, then misleading the inspector general’s team about his actions. Horowitz’s findings apparently prompted the Office of Professional Responsibility’s recommendation. Horowitz’s report has not been released, and McCabe denies having misled anyone.