McCabe faces possible firing days before scheduled retirement: report

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeDopey Russian ads didn't swing voters — federal coverups did Federal abuses on Obama's watch represent a growing blight on his legacy In the case of the FISA memos, transparency is national security MORE is facing a possible firing days ahead of his scheduled retirement, according to a new report.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE is looking at a recommendation to fire McCabe, people briefed on the matter told The New York Times for a report published Wednesday.

The recommendation comes amid an internal review looking into a choice McCabe made in 2016 to allow agency officials to speak with reporters about a Clinton Foundation investigation.


According to the Times, a report from the Justice Department's inspector general regarding the internal review triggered an FBI disciplinary process that recommended McCabe's firing. Sessions now has to decide whether to accept the recommendation, according to the Times.

McCabe's retirement is set to go into effect Sunday and his firing could jeopardize his pension as a 21-year veteran of the bureau, according to the report. 

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department told the Times that the department "follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated."

“That process includes recommendations from career employees, and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process. We have no personnel announcements at this time," spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.

McCabe stepped down from his position and took a leave of absence earlier this year after facing pressure from Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE.

GOP members tied to Trump had accused McCabe of bias in his handling of the Clinton email probe, and Trump had also openly attacked the top FBI official.

The Times reported earlier this month that the inspector general's report was expected to criticize McCabe for allowing agency officials to provide information about an ongoing investigation to the media.

McCabe reportedly authorized FBI officials to provide information to The Wall Street Journal in its investigation into how the agency handled the probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE's use of a private email server while secretary of State.

The deputy director reportedly allowed officials to discuss a meeting detailed in an October 2016 Journal report, during which some top Department of Justice officials reportedly decided against authorizing a grand jury or subpoenas in the Clinton investigation.