Newly fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe lost his government pension, worth an estimated $1.8 million, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him late Friday night, just over 24 hours before his retirement pension would have been activated on his 50th birthday.
Soon after his firing, NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell sent out a suggestion on Twitter, asking someone to hire the disgraced FBI official so he wouldn’t lose his pension.
“One suggestion from a McCabe supporter: if a friendly member of Congress hired him for a week he could possibly qualify for pension benefits by extending his service the extra days,” Mitchell wrote.
One suggestion from a McCabe supporter: if a friendly member of Congress hired him for a week he could possibly qualify for pension benefits by extending his service the extra days
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) March 17, 2018
Saturday morning, one liberal Democrat congressman responded with an offer.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.) tweeted in response to Mitchell’s suggestion, “Andrew call me. I could use a good two-day report on the biggest crime families in Washington, D.C.”
Andrew call me. I could use a good two-day report on the biggest crime families in Washington, D.C. https://t.co/DYVP00Em0x
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) March 17, 2018
Pocan didn’t stop with the offer on Twitter, however, backing it up with a press release on his website:
“Andrew McCabe’s firing makes it clear that President Trump is doing everything he can to discredit the FBI and undermine the Special Counsel’s investigation,” said Rep. Pocan. “While Speaker Ryan and House Republicans have become complicit in the President’s destruction of our democracy, we must do all that we can to ensure that the investigation into Russia’s interference in our election is completed and that future elections are safeguarded from these kinds of attacks.”
“My offer of employment to Mr. McCabe is a legitimate offer to work on election security. Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of American democracy and both Republicans and Democrats should be concerned about election integrity,” continued Rep. Pocan. “From Governor Walker’s outrageous voter ID laws that kept an estimated 17,000 registered Wisconsin voters from the polls in 2016, to Republicans in Pennsylvania gerrymandering a map to rig elections in their favor, our electoral systems are under attack. We must take serious steps to not only secure our elections from foreign actors like Russia, but also ensure that the American people have faith that their votes matter.”
“Finally, I’d like to thank Mr. McCabe for his years of service to the FBI and our country. He deserves the full retirement that he has been promised, not to have it taken away as a result of the President’s political games,” concluded Rep. Pocan.