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The Trump Administration’s Firing Of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe: Everything You Need To Know

With a little more than 24 hours left until former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was set to retire, Attorney General Jeff Session fired him. The decision’s announcement came late Friday night, which a number of key players in Washington, D.C. have praised or condemned. 

Here’s a breakdown of the firing and everything that’s happened since.

Sessions said McCabe leaked unauthorized information and “lacked candor” 

In the statement that announced McCabe’s firing, Sessions said that both the Justice Department inspector general and the FBI disciplinary office found that McCabe had “made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.” 

Read the full statement here

McCabe claims the decision was an attempt to “slander” him and “undermine” Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign

After Sessions released his statement, McCabe released his own. In it, he alleges that he was targeted because’s he’s a witness in special counselor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s involvement with Russia.

“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” McCabe said. “It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”

Read the full statement here

President Trump praised the firing

In a tweet issued early Saturday morning, Trump attacked both McCabe and former FBI director James Comey.

Trump continued to tweet about McCabe throughout the weekend.

McCabe’s attorney, Michael R. Bromwich, said Trump’s tweets about McCabe prior to his firing were “quite clearly designed to put inappropriate pressure on the Attorney General to act accordingly,” implying Trump was ultimately behind the firing.

According to the Washington Post, Trump has previously suggested McCabe was biased in favor of Hillary Clinton.

The former CIA director condemned both the firing and Trump

After Trump’s initial tweet about McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan replied.

Brennan was the CIA chief under President Barack Obama. 

McCabe supposedly kept memos about Trump’s interactions, which he handed over to Mueller

According to The Wall Street Journal, the alleged memos include information about interactions with Trump — both his and Comey’s. 

Comey himself took to Twitter on Saturday.

Comey was fired last May, which Mueller is including in his continued investigation.

Democrats are offering to hire McCabe so he’s eligible for his pension

McCabe was eligible to retire on Sunday — his 50th birthday — and receive full retirement benefits. Sessions took that away.

Now, Democratic lawmakers are offering McCabe temporary jobs so he can get full retirement benefits. 

Maryland’s Jamie Raskin and Illinois’ Luis Guitiérrez also made job offers

A rep for McCabe responded by saying they are “considering all options.”

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