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Federal Bureau of Investigation officials recommend firing former deputy director about to retire

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials recommend firing former deputy director about to retire

According to the New York Times, Sessions is reviewing a recommendation that calls for McCabe to be fired before he can retire with his full pension on Sunday.

The President has assailed donations to Mr McCabe's wife, a Democrat running for a spot in Virginia's state legislature, from a political group overseen by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally.

When asked about the reports, the Justice Department said in a statement: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated".

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"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits", Trump tweeted last December. The office is now examining how investigations were handled at the department and the FBI in advance of the 2016 presidential election, including, notably, the Hillary Clinton email server probe. That yet-to-be-released report triggered an F.B.I. disciplinary process that recommended his termination - leaving Mr. Sessions to either accept or reverse that decision. The Justice Department's inspector general concluded that Mr. McCabe was not forthcoming during the review, according to the people briefed on the matter.

McCabe was not deputy director at the time and was not involved in the Clinton investigation before it was first closed in July 2016. "We have no personnel announcements at this time". At the time his wife was running for election, McCabe was the head of the FBI's Washington Field Office. Ahead of the story's publication, McCabe authorized an FBI spokesman to speak with the Wall Street Journal about efforts to keep the Clinton Foundation investigation moving forward, the source familiar with the inspector general's findings told ABC News. And according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation documents, McCabe had no oversight of the Clinton matter until he became deputy director in February 2016, three months after his wife lost her election bid. The chat with then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett was evidently meant to push back on the suggestion that McCabe was in Clinton's pocket. If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe.