Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, less than 48 hours before he could have retired with full benefits. McCabe had already stepped down from his position in January, but was set to officially retire on Sunday with his government pension firmly in place. His firing completely eliminated that retirement pension.
It was determined that McCabe lied to investigators reviewing the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server. His ties to the Democratic party and his controversial involvement in the Russia investigation were also part of his downfall.
“Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
“Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions,” Sessions said.
Former attorney general Eric Holder, who served under the Obama administration, sent out a statement on Twitter hours after the firing, hotly condemning it.
Holder condemned the timing and the “substance,” claiming not enough was known yet about the substance. He tweeted:
“Analyze McCabe firing on two levels: the substance and the timing. We don’t know enough about the substance yet. The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here. This is dangerous.”
Analyze McCabe firing on two levels: the substance and the timing. We don’t know enough about the substance yet. The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here. This is dangerous
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 17, 2018
Holder has been a frequent critic of the Trump administration, and has ramped up efforts to promote Democratic candidates.
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