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

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe MORE defended himself after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE fired him from the agency on Friday, calling his dismissal an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom 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 TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement 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.