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FBI disciplinary office recommends firing former deputy director Andrew McCabe

14 March 2018, 10:29 | Erica Roy

Just Days Before Retirement: Watchdog Group Recommends Firing Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe

FBI disciplinary office recommends firing ex-deputy director Andrew McCabe days before his retirement

It is up to Mr. Sessions to accept or reject that recommendation.

"The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.

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

President Trump has frequently slammed McCabe, seeing him as biased against his administration and in the tank for Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the specific recommendation from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, which is responsible for employee disciplinary matters and is made up of career employees.

The inspector general faulted McCabe for his decision to allow officials to speak with reporters about the bureau's investigation into the Clinton Foundation. He is due to officially retire on Sunday, but Sessions is reviewing a formal recommendation to dismiss him. "We have no personnel announcements at this time".

Reporters had been chasing down leads about McCabe's fate in the past few days as he approached his official retirement date. His wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015.

It would be another historic moment for the White House, as no deputy director in the history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has ever been fired.

"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 inspector general was interested in McCabe's role in authorizing officials to talk about the matter, people familiar with the case said, because the story detailed ongoing criminal investigative work, which law enforcement officials are not normally allowed to discuss.

The story presented McCabe as a complicated figure - one who lower level officials felt was stymieing their work, even though it detailed McCabe pushing back against Justice Department officials so the case could move forward. The chat with then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett was evidently meant to push back on the suggestion that McCabe was in Clinton's pocket. The inspector general's report has not been released but is expected out soon.

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