FBI officials recommend former #2 at FBI Andrew McCabe be fired

FBI officials recommend former #2 at FBI Andrew McCabe be fired

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe has been a public and private target of President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his role in both the investigation into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as his status as a witness in a potential case of obstruction against the president.

The New York Times reports that an internal recommendation has been given to Sessions arguing that McCabe deserves to be fired. McCabe never intentionally misled investigators and did his best to accurately address investigators' questions, according to those sources. "We have no personnel announcements at this time", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.


McCabe stepped down from his post as the FBI's second-in-command in January after Trump repeatedly accused him of political bias, but remained on the payrolls in order to qualify for full retirement benefits. The office is now examining how investigations were handled at the department and the FBI in advance of the 2016 presidential election, including, notably, the Hillary Clinton email server probe. That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process. 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. Lack of candor, especially while under oath is a fireable offense at the Bureau, but in FBI's history, no deputy director has ever been fired. At the time his wife was running for election, McCabe was the head of the FBI's Washington Field Office. McCabe did recuse himself from a separate investigation into McAuliffe's campaign finances. Ahead of the story's publication, McCabe authorized an FBI spokesman to speak with the Wall Street Journal about efforts to keep the Clinton Foundation investigation moving forward, the source familiar with the inspector general's findings told ABC News. The president remarked in December that McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

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