Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, a regular target of President Donald Trump’s criticism, has been fired just two days before his scheduled retirement date.
Attorney general, Jeff Sessions, confirmed McCabe’s dismissal in a statement late Friday, bringing to a sad end two decades of service at the nation’s top law enforcement agency.
In a statement, Sessions said he was terminating McCabe’s employment immediately following a recommendation from the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).
Sessions said the review found McCabe allegedly “made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor” during a review of the FBI and justice department’s handling of an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
“The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability,” Sessions said.
“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 immediately decried the move and suggested it was part of the Trump administration’s “war on the FBI.”
In an extraordinary rebuttal released shortly after Sessions’ announcement, McCabe said his credibility had been attacked as “part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally” but also the FBI and law enforcement.
“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,” he added, referring to Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.
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Due to his abrupt dismissal, McCabe is expected to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in pension.
This adds to the tumult that has enveloped the law enforcement agency in the last year amid the firing of former director James Comey in May and an ongoing FBI probe of the Trump campaign.
His firing also comes days after former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired after cutting short a visit to Africa.
As the Trump administration continues to set the record for personnel turnover, it remains to be seen how many more heads will roll before the president is vindicated, or indicted for his 2016 election victory.