Holder: McCabe firing is ‘dangerous’ attempt to please ‘increasingly erratic president’

Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEric Holder: Democrats 'have to understand' that 'borders mean something' Trump lawyers ask judge to toss out Dems' tax return lawsuit Eric Holder, Scott Walker spar over gerrymandering: 'Scotty doesn't like' the facts MORE (D) blasted the Trump administration over the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict CNN's Toobin defends 'colleague and friend' McCabe as DOJ moves toward charges US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE, calling the timing of the dismissal “cruel.”

“The timing appears cruel and a cave that compromised DOJ independence to please an increasingly erratic President who should’ve played no role here,” Holder tweeted early Saturday. “This is dangerous.” 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE fired McCabe on Friday, two days ahead of the top FBI official’s scheduled retirement. The dismissal puts McCabe’s pension at risk, which he would have been eligible to receive on Sunday.

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Sessions dismissed McCabe for not being forthcoming to investigators during an inspector general review. He also said an internal FBI office found that McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the media.

McCabe quickly on Friday night countered the administration's narrative, saying he was fired to try and undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal MORE’s probe into Russia's election interference. The former FBI official could be a key witness in the probe, as he led the agency in the weeks following the firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe Justice OIG completes probe on FBI surveillance of ex-Trump campaign aide Aggrieved Trump rips Dems for 'sad' impeachment effort MORE.

McCabe had already stepped down as the agency's deputy director earlier this year amid pressure from Republicans, and was on leave ahead of his upcoming retirement.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE, who had repeatedly attacked McCabe, celebrated the firing on Twitter just hours after it took place.

“Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy,” Trump tweeted. 

Holder has frequently compared Trump unfavorably to his predecessor, former President Obama.