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Sessions Must Decide Whether to Fire FBI's McCabe, Source Says

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Sammy Stanley | 14 March, 2018, 22:31

The New York Times reports that an internal recommendation has been given to Sessions arguing that McCabe deserves to be fired.

"The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. "That yet-to-be-released report triggered an F.B.I. disciplinary process that recommended his termination - leaving Mr. Sessions to either accept or reverse that decision".

McCabe has been on leave since he stepped down from his post as Deputy Director back in January.

In the past, the president has tried to connect the dots between McCabe and Clinton over a campaign donation his wife received from Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

No decisions on McCabe's Federal Bureau of Investigation status has been made as of yet, according to a DOJ spokesman. "We have no personnel announcements at this time".

The inspector general faulted McCabe for his decision to allow officials to speak with reporters about the bureau's investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

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Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced in 2017 a wide-ranging watchdog investigation into the FBI's actions during the Clinton email investigation, including an unusual news conference at which then-Director James Comey announced his recommendation against criminal charges for Clinton and a letter to Congress months later that revealed the FBI was revisiting the probe after the discovery of additional emails.

Reporters had been chasing down leads about McCabe's fate in the past few days as he approached his official retirement date.

McCabe declined to comment, but his friends told the Times that he denies any wrongdoing.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits", Trump tweeted in December. He became the FBI's acting director after Trump fired James Comey in May, serving in that role until August 2 when Christopher Wray took charge. The details of why the inspector general viewed Mr. McCabe as not forthcoming are not clear.

While Trump has suggested that McCabe was a Clinton supporter, the justification for firing him ― ironically ― has to do with a decision he made that was damaging to Clinton and Obama appointees in the Justice Department.

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