Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Sessions Considering Firing FBI's McCabe Days Before Retirement, Jeopardizing His Pension

Sessions Considering Firing FBI's McCabe Days Before Retirement, Jeopardizing His Pension

The Justice Department's inspector general said that McCabe had not been forthcoming during the review, though details about what the official failed to say were not clear. The president also has repeatedly taken to Twitter to belittle Sessions, who he calls his "beleaguered" attorney general.

No announcement is imminent, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. "That yet-to-be-released report triggered an F.B.I. disciplinary process that recommended his termination - leaving Mr. Sessions to either accept or reverse that decision".

Sessions is reportedly mulling a recommendation...

In 2016, McCabe evidently authorized a top aide and the FBI's chief spokesman to speak with a Wall Street Journal reporter for a story indicating that McCabe battled with Obama appointees within the Justice Department to allow an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation to continue.

A source at the time told Fox News that McCabe is taking "terminal leave" - effectively taking vacation until he reaches his planned retirement in a matter of weeks.

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Shulkin pulled a similar move last week, meeting with Kelly and subsequently calling up The New York Times to declare victory. Shulkin met with Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly , at the White House March 5 to discuss the agency's turmoil.

Trump has frequently singled out McCabe in arguing that Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership is biased against his administration.

A representative for McCabe declined to comment. He had attacked McCabe on the campaign trail, too, following the revelation that his wife had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally, during a failed state Senate run. As a result, the report launched an Federal Bureau of Investigation disciplinary process that recommended Mr. McCabe's firing, the newspaper said. "90 days to go?!" If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe. The president remarked in December that McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

"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. The FBI isn't supposed to disclose information about ongoing criminal investigations, but the October 30, 2016, story went into an extraordinary level of detail about turf wars between the FBI and the Justice Department over the handling of the Clinton Foundation probe.

Mr. McCabe's retirement will take effect Sunday, but he stepped down in January almost two months before his scheduled departure.

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