FBI agents after McCabe firing: 'Personnel decisions should never be politicized'

The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) released a statement Friday night saying that “personnel decisions should never be politicized” after the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeAndrew McCabe's settlement with the Department of Justice is a signal to John Durham Trump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE.

“Since its founding, the FBIAA has worked in cooperation with the Bureau and with Congress to develop personnel procedures that simultaneously guarantee the professionalism of the FBI and the rights of Special Agents,” President Thomas O’Connor said in the statement.

“While the FBIAA does not comment on personnel matters, the Association remains fully committed to ensuring that every FBIAA member is provided appropriate procedural protections,” he continued. “The FBIAA also strongly believes that personnel decisions should never be politicized.” 

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Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE fired McCabe on Friday night, saying that McCabe wasn’t forthright with investigators and had made an unauthorized disclosure to the media.

McCabe quickly hit back, saying he was fired as part of an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s probe into Russia's election interference.

McCabe was on leave after having already stepped down from the post amid pressure from Republicans and President TrumpDonald TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled MORE, who claimed the former deputy director was biased against him.

This isn't the first time the FBI Agents Association has spoken out about a move by the Trump administration. The organization voiced support for FBI Director Christopher Wray over the administration’s decision to release a memo alleging surveillance abuses, despite Wray's objections.

The group also hit Trump over his tweet last year claiming that the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters,” saying that any suggestion that agents aren’t dedicated to their jobs “is simply false.”