Saturday, March 17, 2018

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is fired

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who resigned in January but was an employee of the US Federal Police, was fired on Friday, just two days before the employee had access to the full benefits of his retirement .  
"Andrew McCabe RAPID, a great day for the men and women workers of the FBI - a great day for democracy," President Donald Trump tweeted shortly after the announcement of the news.
"He knew all about the lies and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI," added the Republican.
"It ended Andrew McCabe's contract with immediate effect," Jeff Sessions said in a statement, citing professional fouls from the former deputy director of the FBI to justify the decision.
McCabe had been the target of criticism from President Donald Trump and other Republicans since 2016, accusing him of bias in favor of the Democratic opposition.
The two-day dismissal of his 50th birthday will mean a significant reduction in the value of McCabe's retirement, which after March 18 would receive the full amount.
"This is the reality: I am being isolated and treated in this way for the role I played, for the decisions I made, and for the facts I witnessed after James Comey was dismissed," McCabe said in a statement.
He noted that the investigation "is part of an unprecedented effort by the administration, led by the president himself, to remove me from office, destroy my reputation and possibly take away my retirement for which I have worked for 21 years."
McCabe temporarily ran the FBI between May and August 2017 after Trump dismissed Comey and prior to the appointment of current director Christopher Wray. 
The former deputy director of the FBI seems to be more a victim of Trump's anger over the investigation to determine whether his campaign team has collaborated with the Russians to influence the results of the 2016 presidential election.
According to the Justice Department, an internal investigation found that McCabe had released unauthorized press information and "was not honest on a number of occasions" with the department's inspector general.
Details of the Inspector General's investigation were not released, but it would have to do with the FBI's investigation in 2016 against Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
The resignation comes at a time when the White House is showing increasing discontent with the investigation into the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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