You’re Fired: Deputy FBI Director McCabe Axed Hours Before Retirement

It’s over. Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe has been fired from the bureau. The announcement occurred a little after 10 P.M. The move comes around two days prior to McCabe receiving his hefty pension package. That is now in doubt, though The Washington Post said McCabe could file a lawsuit to receive full benefits. He spoke with FBI officials for four hours this week to ensure he wasn’t terminated before his pre-determined retirement. McCabe was forced out of his position at the FBI in January, but he wasn’t fired. He was put on something called “terminal leave,” where he remains employed at the FBI until his retirement that was set to be later this month. It would’ve allowed him to obtain that $1.8 million pension that was lined up (via WaPo):

Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire.

Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department Inspector General and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

He said based on those findings and the recommendation of the department’s senior career official, “I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.”

The move will likely cost McCabe a significant portion of his retirement benefits, though it is possible he could bring a legal challenge. McCabe has been fighting vigorously to keep his job, and on Thursday, he spent nearly four hours inside the Justice Department pleading his case.

McCabe was cited for improperly disclosing the friction between the Department of Justice and the FBI over the investigation into the Clinton Foundation to The Wall Street Journal, and for misleading investigators when questioned about it in a DOJ inspector general report. Due to this revelation, the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended his termination.

In a statement, Attorney Jeff Sessions explained why he decided to terminate McCabe effective immediately:

After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe.  Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions.

The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability.  As the OPR proposal stated, “all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.”

Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately.

UPDATE: McCabe says the Obama-appointed IG is singling him out.

UPDATE II: President Trump says McCabe firing is a “great day for democracy.”

Trump to FBI Director James Comey: You’re Fired

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The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, saying that the president “acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

“The FBI is one of our Nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer  said in a statement.

Spicer did not mention the firing at the White House press briefing Tuesday, which started later than usual. Spicer said he had some “business” to attend to but did not give specifics.

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Boehner to Obama: Fire Your Entire Economic Team

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President Obama should ask for and accept the resignations of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, National Economics

Council chief Larry Summers and the rest of his economics team, House Minority Leader John Boehner said Tuesday.

In a speech to businessmen in Cleveland, Boehner, the man poised to replace Nancy Pelosi as House speaker if Republicans win back the House majority in November, offered a scathing assessment of the president’s stewardship of the U.S. economy, which he said includes massive increases in spending combined with higher taxes and more rules and regulations.

Already budget director Peter Orszag and chief economist Christina Romer have returned to their previous lives. Boehner said Obama should clear the decks of the rest of his advisers.

“We’ve tried 19 months of government-as-community organizer. It hasn’t worked. Our fresh start needs to begin now,” he said.

“We have been told that the president’s economic team is ‘exhausted’ … The worse things get, the more they circle the wagons and defend the indefensible,” he said.

Boehner claimed that the failure to see a revival of the economy is due to a “lack of real-world, hands-on experience” among the staff.