The Wall Street Journal: FBI Deputy Director McCabe fired two days before retirement date
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, alleging he made unauthorized disclosures to the media and “lacked candor” in speaking to an internal watchdog.
The move comes two days before McCabe’s expected retirement on Sunday. He was removed from his deputy post in January.
Sessions said he terminated McCabe’s employment “effective immediately,” and said he came to that determination after an “extensive and fair investigation.” Both the inspector general and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that McCabe made “an unauthorized disclosure” and “lacked candor” when he spoke under oath on “multiple occasions,” Sessions said.
In a lengthy statement, McCabe strongly disputed the allegations, saying he had the authority to share the information with a reporter, and that he “answered questions truthfully and as accurately” as he could “amidst the chaos that surrounded” him. His lawyer said the disciplinary process was rushed and completed “in a little over a week.”
JUST IN: Statement from Andrew McCabe: “I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey.” https://t.co/t2XUf57p21 pic.twitter.com/Y6uv6gZ5pA
— ABC News (@ABC) March 17, 2018
The move is a striking end to McCabe’s decadeslong career at the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he became a lightning rod for criticism from President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.
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