Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was dismissed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions hours before his retirement, likely costing him pension benefits. McCabe says the firing is part of an effort to slander him and to “taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire, reports the Washington Post. McCabe alleged that the action was an attempt to slander him and undermine the ongoing special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign. Sessions said that both the Justice Department inspector general and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.” The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits. McCabe said he was being targeted because he was a witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and asserting that his actions were appropriate. He said former FBI Director James Comey knew about the media disclosure about which the inspector general has raised questions.
“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” McCabe said, adding that the campaign “highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.” President Trump tweeted that McCabe “knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!” Michael Bromwich, McCabe’s attorney, said he had “never before seen the type of rush to judgment — and rush to summary punishment.”He cited Trump’s attacks on McCabe on Twitter and the White House press secretary’s comments about him on Thursday — which he said were “quite clearly designed to put inappropriate pressure on the Attorney General to act accordingly … This intervention by the White House in the DOJ disciplinary process is unprecedented, deeply unfair, and dangerous.”