Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Fired Days Before Scheduled Retirement

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The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired after an internal report by the Justice Department's inspector general accused the FBI veteran of misleading investigators looking into how FBI and Justice Department officials handled an array of matters connected to the 2016 presidential campaign, a source briefed on the recommendation told ABC News. Shortly after Trump fired Comey previous year, the president asked McCabe in a meeting how McCabe had voted in the 2016 election, according to the Washington Post.

The report by the Department of Justice Inspector General, while not yet finished, found evidence that McCabe had questionable contact with a reporter and was not fully forthcoming when asked about it about an investigation concerning the Clinton Foundation.

Ironically, the story that reportedly put McCabe in the inspector general's crosshairs is one that likely hurt Clinton and helped Trump.

Last summer, Trump publicly berated Sessions for not having removed McCabe, specifically complaining about his wife's political ties and the FBI's 2016 decision not to recommend the prosecution of Clinton.

Sessions accepted an internal Federal Bureau of Investigation recommendation that "concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions", Sessions said in a statement.

After the Wall Street Journal story was published, McCabe recused himself from the Clinton matter.

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"Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and still does to this day", McCabe told lawmakers.

The decision could be consequential for McCabe's financial future, as if he is fired, he could lose significant retirement benefits. His plan was to use up accumulated leave he was due before his previously scheduled retirement date this month.

McCabe's supporters, led by Comey, say he has been badly mistreated.

McCabe has served in the FBI for more than two decades, and for a time was its acting director - after Trump fired ex-FBI Director James Comey and while the current FBI Director Christopher Wray awaited confirmation.

The FBI and Justice Department and their allies in Congress deny the charges of "bias" and say there is no deep conspiracy aimed at Trump, nor any wrongdoing in use of surveillance authority by FBI or DOJ as Republicans charge.

Strzok, a counterintelligence agent, was in charge of the Clinton email investigation.

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