McCabe has memos documenting Trump conversations

Marsha Scott
March 18, 2018

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was sacked from the Justice Department on Friday, just two days before he was set to retire and receive his pension.

Trump in his tweets lashed out at his perceived foes tied to the Russian Federation investigation and exulted in the firing of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, once a leader of the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices.

Pointing to the "apparent conduct of both McCabe and Comey" Turley suggested that this has "fulfilled the narrative long advanced by Trump of a biased, unprincipled FBI investigation".

McCabe's untimely firing has brought about even more scrutiny on President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation after he was exposed for making false statements to Congress, according to Think Progress.

But McCabe, who played a crucial role in the bureau's investigations of Hillary Clinton and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, denied those claims and said he is facing retaliation by the Trump administration.

In a lengthy statement put after his firing - which he reportedly learned of from a press release - McCabe wrote that he had been unfairly singled out and made a target by the president.

He said he answered questions truthfully, and later, when he felt investigators misunderstood his answers, he tried to clarify his responses with them.

He was sacked days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension.

The move to fire McCabe looks to be spiteful given that it came two days before McCabe's 50 birthday, when he could have retired with full pension.

McCabe's firing touched off a firestorm late Friday.

When asked by The Post if he believed the Russian Federation case was flawed because of new findings about McCabe or larger issues with the early FBI handling of the investigation, Dowd declined to elaborate.

Jill McCabe lost the race, and Andrew McCabe was later promoted to deputy director, where he oversaw the investigation into Clinton.

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Next month, former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump, has a series of interviews.

Part of Mueller's probe is looking into whether President Trump was trying to obstruct justice by firing Comey.

"The department was not impressed with the case, and they didn't believe it should be going forward", McCabe told ABC News in a recent interview the news agency reported shortly after his firing was announced late Friday evening.

If Dowd's statement reflected Trump's legal strategy, it would represent a significant shift in the president's approach to the Mueller investigation.

In response to accusations that McCabe exerted undue or partisan influence over the probe, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has maintained McCabe had no personal conflicts, as he did not oversee that inquiry while his wife Jill McCabe was running for state office in Virginia as a Democrat.

McCabe was sacked a week before he was due to retire, prompting questions on why the Justice Department felt it was so urgent to get rid of him.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacked McCabe on Thursday, a day when he was meeting with Justice Department officials to appeal his case.

Trump and McCabe's relationship has always been fraught. He said McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

McCabe enjoyed a rapid career ascent in the bureau after joining in 1996.

As a congressional hearing days after Comey's dismissal, McCabe contradicted White House assertions that the Trump campaign investigation was one of the "smallest things" on the FBI's plate.

Steinbach said McCabe had "become a convenient scapegoat so that narrow political objectives can be achieved".

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