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

Former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderBiden meekly gives Saudi crown prince 'one free murder' pass on Khashoggi LIVE COVERAGE: Senate set to consider Garland for AG Census to delay data delivery, jeopardizing redistricting crunch MORE (D) blasted the Trump administration over the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeJohn Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Carter Page sues over surveillance related to Russia probe McCabe defends investigation of Trump before Senate committee: We had 'many reasons' 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 SessionsTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Manchin flexes muscle in 50-50 Senate Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' 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.


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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report 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 TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' 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.