The Justice Department dealt a stunning blow to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe firing him just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said.”Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,”
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 reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made 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.”
Republicans have also long criticized McCabe for his ties to the Democratic Part, his wife received donations during a failed 2015 Virginia Senate run from a group tied to a Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe all while the Clinton email probe was underway.
McCabe returned to the white-hot spotlight when Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released its memo on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses in connection with the Russia probe, saying that McCabe signed a FISA warrant targeting former Trump campaign volunteer adviser Carter Page.
Several Republicans have pointed with alarm to the Strzok-Page texts and their references to McCabe in relation to an “insurance policy” to prevent Trump from being elected president, and a “secret society” within the (FBI) bureau.