Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Jeff Sessions 'could fire a top Federal Bureau of Investigation official days before retirement'

Jeff Sessions 'could fire a top Federal Bureau of Investigation official days before retirement'

"McCabe is ensnared in an internal review that includes an examination of his decision in 2016 to allow F.B.I. officials to speak with reporters about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation", the Times reports. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing the recommendation.

"The department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", said the spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores. "That yet-to-be-released report triggered an F.B.I. disciplinary process that recommended his termination - leaving Mr. Sessions to either accept or reverse that decision".

Trump's statements about McCabe put pressure on Sessions to fire him, and would create an appearance of impropriety even if Sessions' decision to fire McCabe were backed by a formal recommendation. A government official at the time said Mr. McCabe was merely using his retirement eligibility a few weeks early.

The inspector general has since last January been investigating the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the politically charged probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, which is separate from the foundation probe.

Mr. McCabe's retirement will take effect Sunday, but he stepped down in January almost two months before his scheduled departure. "We have no personnel announcements at this time". "90 days to go?!"

The President has assailed donations to Mr McCabe's wife, a Democrat running for a spot in Virginia's state legislature, from a political group overseen by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally.

McCabe's tenure became entangled in politically charged controversies, including the investigation into Clinton's private email and the continuing criminal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A representative of the inspector general's office declined to comment when reached by HuffPost this week, and the office has generally been tight-lipped about the forthcoming reports.

'Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!' the president tweeted back in July. DOJ's inspector general is conducting a broader investigation of the FBI's handling of the Clinton probe that is expected to examine Comey's actions.

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