Dem lawmaker: McCabe's firing part of conspiracy to undermine Mueller
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Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyLawmakers, media serve up laughs at annual 'Will on the Hill' Overnight Energy: Trump praises Pruitt for doing 'great job' | Lawmakers want criminal probe of Pruitt | Heckler brings lotion bottle to Pruitt speech Lawmakers call for criminal investigation into EPA chief MORE (D-Va.) called the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTop House Dem claims Judiciary chairman's DOJ, FBI subpoena is invalid Hillicon Valley: New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation | Lawmakers target Google, Huawei partnership | Microsoft employees voice anger over ICE contract Senate Intel requests more testimony from Comey, McCabe MORE a "cruel and sadistic" act that is part of a conspiracy to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation. 

“McCabe's firing two days before his retirement is a cruel and sadistic act against a dedicated FBI official whose only fault is that he wouldn't compromise an investigation of Russian interference and influence,” Connolly tweeted on Saturday. “This is part of a conspiracy to undermine special counsel Mueller.” 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions'Occupy ICE' protests emerge across the country Prosecutor warned border authorities office is ‘diverting’ DOJ resources from other cases: report There's room in America for domestic violence victims MORE fired McCabe on Friday, just days before his scheduled retirement after more than 20 years at the Bureau. 

McCabe responded to the announcement by saying he was fired as part of an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia's election interference.

“The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” McCabe told The New York Times. “This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness.” 

Connolly said earlier this month that it was “deeply troubling” how President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE was asking his aides about their interviews with Mueller. 

"That report is deeply troubling. The president knows there's an ongoing investigation by a special counsel. It is completely improper for him to interrogate witnesses after they have provided testimony to the special counsel," Connolly told CNN's Erin Burnett. 

Other Democrats echoed Connolly’s stance, with Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDems best GOP as Scalise returns for annual charity baseball game Republicans celebrate Krauthammer Hillicon Valley: Deal reached on ZTE, but lawmakers look to block it | New encryption bill | Dems push Ryan for net neutrality vote | Google vows it won't use AI for weapons MORE (D-Calif.) saying on Friday that the Trump administration is punishing people involved in the investigation to Trump’s ties with Russia, saying that’s “how guilty people act.” 

McCabe’s former boss, former FBI Director James Comey, was fired by Trump last year and wrote on Saturday that the American people can “judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”

The FBI Agents Association condemned Trump's decision, saying personnel decisions should never be politicized.