Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

FBI's McCabe Expected to Be Fired This Week

FBI's McCabe Expected to Be Fired This Week

"We have no personnel announcements at this time", spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.

In the past, the president has tried to connect the dots between McCabe and Clinton over a campaign donation his wife received from Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The recommendation from officials with the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility was sent to Justice Department leaders but has not been acted on yet, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal disciplinary matter. Sessions is reviewing that recommendation and can give it the final approval or step in to stop the process.

Reporters had been chasing down leads about McCabe's fate in the past few days as he approached his official retirement date.

The decision could have dire ramifications for McCabe - whose pension could be at risk - as well as for the larger discussion of President Donald Trump's attempts to influence the actions of the Justice Department.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release a report that says McCabe authorized bureau officials to speak with the Wall Street Journal about an investigation involving the Clinton Foundation.

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McCabe stepped down from his post as the FBI's second-in-command in January after Trump repeatedly accused him of political bias, but remained on the payrolls in order to qualify for full retirement benefits.

While Trump has suggested that McCabe was a Clinton supporter, the justification for firing him ― ironically ― has to do with a decision he made that was damaging to Clinton and Obama appointees in the Justice Department.

The inspector general has since last January been investigating the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the politically charged probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, which is separate from the foundation probe. McCabe reportedly maintains he didn't intend to mislead investigators.

Horowitz also is reviewing whether McCabe should have recused himself from the probe early because of his family's ties to the Democratic Party.

In reality, the FBI's actions ahead of the election indisputably harmed Clinton. Trump reportedly asked McCabe how he voted in the 2016 election after the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last May. McCabe declined to comment through a spokesperson. He wants McCabe fired. The Justice Department's inspector general concluded that Mr. McCabe was not forthcoming during the review, according to the people briefed on the matter.

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