Sessions mulling firing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe before he retires

McCabe could be fired before FBI retirement

In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores in a statement said the following: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated".

The President repeatedly took to Twitter to blast Mr McCabe's role overseeing FBI investigations of the Clinton Foundation - a philanthropic enterprise established by former President Bill Clinton - and of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State.

Mr. McCabe is ensnared in an internal review that includes an examination of his decision in 2016 to allow F.B.I. officials to speak with reporters about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe formally stepped down from his position at the end of January, but was using accrued leave to carry him past his official retirement date of March 18. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing the recommendation.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits", Trump tweeted in December. McCabe represents but a piece of that work.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the specific recommendation from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, which is responsible for employee disciplinary matters and is made up of career employees.

Horowitz's investigation is looking at a variety of allegations, including whether it was improper for former FBI Director James Comey to make a public announcement about not recommending prosecution over the email arrangement - he also faulted Clinton and her associates for being "extremely careless" with classified information.

The move could come just days before Mr. McCabe, who was the bureau's second-highest ranking official, is set to retire.

The Wall Street Journal story was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter at The Washington Post. Now, the Justice Department's inspector general found he was not forthcoming during the review, the Times reported. Recently released text messages show that Barrett had talked with the FBI's top spokesman, Michael Kortan, and Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, who worked for McCabe, two days before it was published. In this instance, though, it might have been viewed as inappropriate because the discussion was focused on an ongoing criminal investigation.



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