Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE on Friday knocked news that CNN had hired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Brendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir MORE as a contributor, slamming it as “disgraceful.”

Trump shared a tweet from Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDiplomat seen rolling his eyes amid testy impeachment exchange with Jordan Live coverage: Impeachment spotlight shifts to Fiona Hill, David Holmes House GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment MORE (R-Ohio) going after McCabe, a vocal critic of Trump, noting that a government watchdog had faulted McCabe for leaking to the media.

The president also retweeted a tweet from Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHouse GOP wants Senate Republicans to do more on impeachment Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award Sondland testimony looms over impeachment hearings this week MORE (R-N.C.), another ally who bashed news of McCabe's hiring by CNN on Friday.

Trump and his conservative allies in Congress have repeatedly targeted McCabe over his involvement in the Justice Department’s probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month MORE’s private email server.

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The former FBI official was fired last year on the eve of his retirement after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who was investigating the Clinton email probe, found that McCabe was not forthcoming during his review and should not have allowed FBI officials to speak with reporters about an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation. 

McCabe earlier this month sued the Justice Department and FBI over his termination, arguing that his firing was politically motivated and citing Trump's attacks against him and other Justice Department officials.

Conservatives flooded social media with criticism over McCabe’s hiring at CNN on Friday, with many citing Horowitz’s findings and knocking the news network.

“CNN hired Andrew McCabe, who was fired from the FBI for LYING UNDER OATH... of course... that makes perfect sense,” conservative author Tim Young tweeted.

CNN has signed several former top intelligence officials in recent years, including former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperThe curious timeline for taking down Trump Fairness, tradition, and the Constitution demand the 'whistleblower' step forward Schiff: Barr 'weaponizing' DOJ 'to go after the president's enemies' MORE and deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, among others.