Attorney General Jeff Sessions Fires FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, just two days before he was expected to retire.

On "Your World" on Friday, Lt. Col. Allen West (Ret.) said the NCAA Division 1 basketball tournament may be underway, but the real "March Madness" would be if top Federal Bureau of Investigation official Andrew McCabe is not fired.

As a witness, McCabe would be in a position to corroborate the testimony of the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, who kept contemporaneous notes on his conversations with Trump.

"I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey", McCabe said.

"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)", Sessions said.

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McCabe called DOJ's move part of an " ongoing effort to undermine my credibility because of the work that I did on the Russian Federation case, because of the investigations that I oversaw and impacted that target this administration".

DOJ claims that watchdog report claimed McCabe misled investigators about his decision to authorize FBI officials to speak to the media about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation. "Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel's work", he added. "But it would be madness if we allowed Andrew McCabe to retire with a full pension from the American taxpayers".

It is not yet understood what the full implications for Mr McCabe will be regarding his pension.

But McCabe became a target of Republicans who questioned the FBI's impartiality in how the Clinton investigation was conducted.

But McCabe angered Trump, and, earlier Friday, Trump's White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders derided McCabe as a "bad actor" for his involvement in the FBI's probes of Hillary Clinton.

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"We have the utmost confidence in the inspector general's integrity, fairness, and impartiality, and trust that he will complete these reviews in a thorough, unbiased, and timely fashion", the senators said in their letter.

Mueller is notably examining whether Trump obstructed the investigation with his sacking of Comey, an episode that McCabe would be a crucial witness for. As evidence, he pointed to the fact that Mr. McCabe's wife, Jill, ran as a Democrat for a State Senate seat in Virginia and received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a political committee run by Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons.

Lack of candor is a fireable offense at the F.B.I., but Mr. McCabe's last-minute dismissal was carried out against a highly politicized backdrop. McCabe could potentially be a crucial witness in Mueller's investigation. Shortly after, media reports surfaced which said McCabe told the committee he could corroborate Comey's account of his conversations with Trump prior to his firing.

Trump had repeatedly criticised McCabe as biased, pressing Sessions to take action against him.

Asked about this in January, Trump said he did not recall asking McCabe whom he voted for.

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