McCabe: My firing is part of effort to undermine Mueller probe

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE defended himself after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage House gears up for Mueller testimony Trump's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender MORE fired him from the agency on Friday, calling his dismissal an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s probe.

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

McCabe is viewed as a likely witness in Mueller's probe into Russia's election interference. He served as acting head of the FBI after Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey10 questions for Robert Mueller Comey pens blog revealing what he would ask Mueller in upcoming testimony FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier MORE.

The Washington Post also reported that Trump asked McCabe whom he had voted for in the 2016 election during an Oval Office meeting while McCabe was leading the agency.

Sessions fired McCabe on Friday night after an internal FBI office found that McCabe wasn’t forthcoming during a review by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

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That probe also reportedly included a review of McCabe's decision to allow department officials to talk to the media about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Sessions said in a statement that the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of the Inspector General had found McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and "lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions."

McCabe was set to retire on Sunday after working for the agency for more than 20 years, and his dismissal could put his pension at risk.

“It’s incredibly unfair to my reputation after a 21-year career,” McCabe told the Times.

He also criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE for attacking him, the FBI and other agency officials.

“The real damage is being done to the FBI, law enforcement and the special counsel,” McCabe said.

Trump and GOP lawmakers had repeatedly attacked McCabe amid claims of an anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department.