An investigation by the US Department Of Justice Office of the Inspector General found that McCabe “lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions.”
Jeff Sessions has fired Andrew McCabe.
McCabe was the former deputy director of the FBI, and had long faced serious questions after it was revealed that his wife Jill (who ran for office as a democrat) received a large donation from a group closely tied to Hillary Clinton at the same time he was involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton.
In a statement, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said “After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. 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.”
McCabe would have turned 50 on Sunday, making him eligible for over $1 million in retirement benefits.
He fired back in a statement, saying “This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”
The move has already sparked a divided reaction, with many Republicans praising the firing of McCabe for bringing accountability, while Democrats see it as an attack on the FBI.
It should be noted that the recommendation to fire McCabe came from a non-partisan institution.
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