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Trump knocks news of CNN hiring ex-FBI official McCabe

President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE on Friday knocked news that CNN had hired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeCarter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' The Hill's 12:30 Report: What to know about the Pfizer vaccine announcement MORE as a contributor, slamming it as “disgraceful.”

Trump shared a tweet from Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanMcCarthy won't back effort to oust Cheney Wyoming GOP shares 'outcry' it has received about Cheney's impeachment vote The Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever 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 MeadowsAgency official says Capitol riot hit close to home for former Transportation secretary Chao Republicans wrestle over removing Trump Pressure grows on Trump to leave 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 ClintonFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet 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 biggest example of media malfeasance in 2020 is... Meet Biden's pick to lead the US intelligence community The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE and deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, among others.