The former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director scheduled to retire on Sunday, Andrew McCabe, may be fired over allegations that he misled investigators about sharing sensitive information with the media, which would make him ineligible for full retirement benefits, according to the Washington Post and New York Times on Wednesday.
Trump has pressured Attorney General Jeff Sessions ― another frequent target of Trump's wrath ― to get rid of McCabe.
The President has assailed donations to Mr McCabe's wife, a Democrat running for a spot in Virginia's state legislature, from a political group overseen by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally. A Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated". Trump has complained about the Democratic political affiliation of McCabe's wife, and criticized his oversight of FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton. For more than a year, the Justice Department's inspector general has been looking into whether McCabe should have done more to shield certain investigations from potential conflicts of interest, and the inspector general's office recently completed a draft report on McCabe.More news: Pi Day Google Doodle Celebrates 30th Anniversary
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Horowitz is also examining broad allegations of misconduct involving former FBI Director James Comey, including the public statement he made recommending that the Clinton email case be closed without charges and his decision 11 days before the election to reveal to Congress that the FBI had resumed its work. "We have no personnel announcements at this time". A person familiar with the matter said Horowitz's findings are what sparked the Office of Professional Responsibility's recommendation, which was first reported by The New York Times. In October 2013, McCabe took over the FBI's entire national security branch, and the next year he moved to become the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office. 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.
Now, Mr. Sessions is the final arbiter of Mr. McCabe's dismissal, shortly before his retirement takes effect Sunday.