Dem lawmaker: Trump is vandalizing our democracy

Dem lawmaker: Trump is vandalizing our democracy
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Rep. Bill PascrellWilliam (Bill) James PascrellOn The Money: Senate banking panel showcases 2020 Dems | Koch groups urge Congress not to renew tax breaks | Dow down nearly 400 | Cuomo defends Amazon HQ2 deal Dems mark Trump tax returns as key part of agenda Dems eye ambitious agenda if House flips MORE (D-N.J.) said the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeNo glory in James Comey getting away with his abuse of FBI power Mueller rebukes Flynn, who 'chose' to make false statements to FBI Comey’s remarks about Trump dossier are not credible, says former FBI official MORE is part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE’s efforts to “vandalize our democracy.”

“McCabe's dismissal in the dead of night is a disgrace to this country and our law enforcement community,” Pascrell tweeted. “Every day they vandalize our democracy and harm our institutions, and @HouseGOP does nothing.”

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsInterior chief Zinke to leave administration Trump, Christie met to discuss chief of staff job: report Chief justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation MORE fired McCabe on Friday night, saying the former No. 2 FBI official wasn’t forthcoming with investigators and had made an unauthorized disclosure to the media.

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McCabe claimed that he was fired in an effort to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, saying he was authorized to share information with the media.

Sessions fired McCabe two days before the top FBI official was scheduled to retire, as he became eligible for his pension after working for the FBI for more than 20 years.

McCabe had already stepped down and was on leave amid pressure from Republicans and Trump, who had repeatedly attacked him and claimed he was biased against the president.

Trump celebrated McCabe's firing on Twitter early Saturday, calling it a "great day for democracy."