Andrew McCabe, the former second in command at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, faces the possibility of being fired just days before his scheduled retirement, a source with knowledge of the circumstances confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Wednesday.
McCabe was hoping to retire in just days, when he becomes eligible for his full benefits. And A Justice Department spokeswoman would not say whether McCabe would be dismissed. Sykes pointed out that the recommendation to fire McCabe was made by career people at the DOJ. McCabe declined to comment through a spokesperson.
A Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated. 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".
The source with knowledge of the situation made clear that the process has been ongoing and that the decision now rests with Sessions. It is possible that McCabe could be fired 48 or 24 hours before he is able to retire.
McCabe stepped down as deputy director in January, reportedly amid concerns raised by the inspector general report. A person familiar with the matter said Horowitz's findings are what sparked the Office of Professional Responsibility's recommendation, which was first reported by The New York Times.
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'Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!' the president tweeted back in July. Now, the Justice Department's inspector general found he was not forthcoming during the review, the Times reported.
But if the Federal Bureau of Investigation fires McCabe with just days to go before his retirement, it could be viewed as bending to the will of a vindictive president. He had attacked McCabe on the campaign trail, too, following the revelation that his wife had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close Clinton ally, during a failed state Senate run.
Trump, who is no fan of McCabe, has urged Sessions to go ahead and fire him for quite awhile. McCabe represents but a piece of that work.
The Wall Street Journal story was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter at The Washington Post.
McCabe could lose his retirement benefits if he is fired.