"I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia Collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe's boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt Dossier", Dowd said.
McCabe was sacked a day after FBI ethics officials recommended his dismissal, reports CBS News justice correspondent Paula Reid, and just before the expected release of an Inspector General's report which is expected to show that he shared information with the media about the agency's investigation into the Clinton Foundation. His firing had been recommended by career disciplinary officials at the F.B.I. McCabe has been fighting vigorously to keep his job, and on Thursday, he spent almost four hours inside the Justice Department pleading his case.
"The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability", Sessions said in a statement.
Rosenstein, who is overseeing Mueller's probe, has previously said he sees no reason to fire Mueller or curtail the investigation.
"This intervention by the White House in the DOJ disciplinary process is unprecedented, deeply unfair, and risky", Bromwich said. Mr. Trump has taunted Mr. McCabe both publicly and privately, and Republican allies of the president have cast Mr. McCabe as the center of a "deep state" effort to undermine the Trump presidency. McCabe was already basically out the door, and firing him now - regardless of how valid the reasons in the yet-to-be-released inspector general's report - comes off as even more spiteful.
It was not immediately clear whether any of Mr McCabe's memos have been turned over to or been requested by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose criminal investigation is examining Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation and possible obstruction of justice.
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Preet Bharara, the former United States attorney for the Southern District of NY, in a pair of tweets took aim at both Sessions for succumbing to pressure to fire McCabe and at Trump weighing in. He was less than two days from his retirement, which would have guaranteed him a government pension. Mr McCabe denies it. The White House had seemed to support such an outcome, though a spokeswoman said the decision was up to Sessions.
McCabe said he was notified of his firing by a press release. He subsequently became a favorite target of Trump on Twitter in part because his wife once ran for office as a Democrat, taking money from former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an ally of the Clintons.
Brennan, who also served in a senior security role under President George W. Bush, also warned five days before Trump's inauguration in January 2016, that the president-elect did not understand the threat Russian Federation posed to the U.S.
McCabe told the Times that his firing was meant to undermine the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The story ultimately presented McCabe as a somewhat complicated figure - one who some FBI officials thought was standing in the way of the Clinton Foundation investigation, but who also seemed to be pushing back against Justice Department officials who did not believe there was a case to be made. He also said McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits". He briefly served in an interim capacity as the director, in the months between when Trump fired Comey from the post and Wray was confirmed by the Senate.
Yet Trump's unusual questions about McCabe's political leanings and personal attacks also form another potential data point in the ongoing investigation into whether the president tried to obstruct justice in the federal probe into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with Trump associates. In an interview published in Politico after McCabe was sacked, he said that he had been expecting to be fired for a "long time," walking with dread into his office every day, wondering if it would be his last. "This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness".
This person says the memos are similar to the ones maintained by former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump fired last May.