Andrew McCabe is officially out at the FBI.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired the bureaus’ former deputy director was fired on Friday night, shortly before being eligible for retirement with a full pension, Fox News reports.
The FBI’s Office of Personal Responsibility recommended the recommended the dismissal following a probe by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who determined he lied to investigators examining the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email server case.
In a statement, Sessions said McCabe, who stepped down from his role at the FBI in January, made “unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor” on multiple occasions.
“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)
“The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.
“The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, ‘all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.”
McCabe hit back in a response, accusing the Trump administration of seeing to “taint the FBI.”
“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.
“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.
“For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us.
“The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us. No more.”
Horowitz’ findings, the details of which have not been publicly released, relate to McCabe’s answers to questions about his approval of interactions between an FBI official and a reporter regarding the bureau’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that the decision of firing McCabe was left up to the Attorney General.
McCabe also faced scrutiny because of his wife’s 2015 Virginia Senate bid, in which she ran as a Democrat and received campaign donations from Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe.
He was also one of several FBI and Justice Department officials, along with former director James Comey, who signed FISA warrant applications to spy on Trump associate Carter Page, according to a House memo published last month.
President Trump reacted to the firing on Twitter, calling the move a “great day for Democracy.”