President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE on Friday knocked news that CNN had hired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe says Nassar case represents 'worst dereliction of duty' he's seen at FBI Capitol Police warning of potential for violence during rally backing rioters: report McCabe says law enforcement should take upcoming right-wing rally 'very seriously' MORE as a contributor, slamming it as “disgraceful.”
Trump shared a tweet from Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments 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 MeadowsAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE (R-N.C.), another ally who bashed news of McCabe's hiring by CNN on Friday.
Disgraceful! https://t.co/G4q9Uh1aMc— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2019
Andrew McCabe: fired for lying to the FBI, caught by the Inspector General for unauthorized media leaks, and—worst of all—one of the ring-leaders in spreading the debunked and disastrous "Russian collusion" conspiracy theory.— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) August 23, 2019
His reward? A paid CNN contract.
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 ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE’s private email server.
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 hired Andrew McCabe, who was fired from the FBI for LYING UNDER OATH... of course... that makes perfect sense.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 23, 2019