FILE PHOTO: Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., June 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former No. 2 official who was deeply involved in the agency’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and was repeatedly criticized by President Donald Trump, he said on Friday.
“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,” Sessions said.
McCabe’s dismissal came two days before his 50th birthday, when he would have been eligible to retire from the Federal Bureau of Investigation with his full pension. The firing – which comes nine months after Trump…
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The revolving door continues.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down early from his post as Deputy Director, an FBI official United States President Donald Trump has accused of political bias, according to reports released on Monday.
U.S. media reported the coming resignation early afternoon, citing staff sources at the bureau, news that comes a week after news broke that Mr. Trump wanted him out of his position
The deputy was eligible to retire in March 18, but with accumulated leave, he is able to step down earlier.
Trump did not respond to a reporters inquiry at the White House, but Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the decision was not made by Trump or the White House during a press briefing on Monday.
“The president wasn’t part of this decision making process,” Sanders said.
Mr. McCabe was the acting FBI director for a short while after the president fired the current…
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