Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fired

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired on Friday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, acting on the recommendation of the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG), fired former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe Friday.

By dismissing McCabe – who was set to retire at the end of the month – before Sunday, Sessions may have jeopardized McCabe’s ability to draw a pension. Speculation Sessions might make this move has stirred since the IG’s review, which is yet to be publically disclosed, was reported to have recommended McCabe be fired over his handling of press disclosures during his investigation of the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe reportedly already had stepped down from his number two spot at the FBI following the House Intelligence Committee’s review of a memo dealing with, among other things, McCabe’s handling of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant application.

“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,” Sessions said in a statement.

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