The former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director scheduled to retire on Sunday, Andrew McCabe, may be fired over allegations that he misled investigators about sharing sensitive information with the media, which would make him ineligible for full retirement benefits, according to the Washington Post and New York Times on Wednesday.
The New York Times reports that an internal recommendation has been given to Sessions arguing that McCabe deserves to be fired. It's likely he'll take the recommendation because it would be hard for Sessions, who has promised to go after leakers, to be perceived as looking the other way on leaks.More news: OPEC says US oil production to rise again in 2018
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there "are no personnel announcements at this time".
"That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process", she said in a statement. Those close to McCabe insist he has been forthcoming with investigators. Though no decision has been made, people inside the Justice Department expect him to be fired before Friday, a decision that would jeopardize his pension as a 21-year F.B.I. veteran...More news: Miley Cyrus Is Being Sued Over Her 2013 Single 'We Can't Stop'
McCabe was also involved in the in investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation and is a potential witness to determine whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, the Times reported. President Donald Trump has not been shy about weighing in on McCabe's fate.
That article came on the heels of a Wall Street Journal story suggesting ― to McCabe's displeasure ― that McCabe had a conflict of interest because his wife's political campaign had received money from groups tied to Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe.More news: Exxon Mobil (XOM) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Study Finds
A McCabe associate spoke to the Wall Street Journal in October 2016 for an article about a bureaucratic standoff between the FBI and Justice Department over its various investigations into Clinton. The president remarked in December that McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits". Days after the Wall Street Journal story was published, McCabe recused himself from the Clinton matter. He is due to officially retire on Sunday, but Sessions is reviewing a formal recommendation to dismiss him.
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