Democrat calls for ‘open hearings’ on Trump administration after McCabe firing

A House Democrat is calling for Republicans to hold hearings on the Trump administration after the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFree Roger Stone Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr Top Republicans back Barr amid criticism over controversial DOJ decisions MORE.

“Firing Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe at 10pm on a Friday night is an attack on law enforcement staggering in both its cowardice and vindictiveness," Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiHouse subcommittee requests information from Ring about cooperation with police, local governments Lawmakers with first-hand experience using food stamps call on Trump not to cut program Hillicon Valley: Twitter to let users report election misinformation | Dem offers updates to child privacy rules | ACLU pushes back on Puerto Rico online voting proposal MORE (D-Ill.) said in a statement. “The White House has shown yet again that it will stop at nothing to discredit the FBI and, through it, Special Counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation.”

“Congressional Republican leadership must now have the courage to hold open hearings on the Trump administration’s unprecedented efforts to undermine the rule of law and those who uphold it,” he continued. "To do any less would be to betray the principles that truly make America great.”

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Krishnamoorthi sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which interviewed McCabe earlier this year.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Trump tweets test Attorney General Barr The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE fired McCabe on Friday night, two days before McCabe would have retired and become eligible for his pension.

Sessions said that McCabe hadn’t been forthcoming with investigators and made an unauthorized disclosure to the media.

McCabe said that he was fired to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller, and that he was one of a few Justice Department officials authorized to share information with the media.

"The OIG's focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn," McCabe said in a statement.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE has repeatedly attacked the FBI, claiming that leadership in the agency is biased against him.