Fox News reported that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is in serious turmoil after releasing confidential information to the press.
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night. The former FBI Deputy Director was set to retire on Sunday, his 50th birthday, and this move will likely cost McCabe a hefty portion of his pension benefits.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz began an extensive report on the wrongdoings of McCabe.
McCabe’s firing came after Horowitz’s investigation into the unlawful disclosure of sensitive information about a Clinton-related case. It was also found that he misled investigators about his actions pertaining to the matter.
McCabe’s authorization of the discussion was deemed as being inappropriate since the matter was still an ongoing criminal investigation.
The Washington Post states that “in the course of that review, Horowitz found that McCabe had authorized two FBI officials to talk to then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett for a story about the case and another investigation into Clinton’s family foundation.”
“We do think that it is well-documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and by most accounts a bad actor,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
It was recommended that Sessions fire McCabe by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
“The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process.”
In response to those allegations, McCabe said:
“It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter,” McCabe said. “It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request.”
McCabe released a statement regarding his firing.
“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,” McCabe said. “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.”
President Trump was publicly victorious after hearing the news, tweeting this statement:
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018