Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation that he fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just days before his forthcoming retirement.
That’s according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal disciplinary process.
The recommendation was made by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility and sent to the Justice Department and was first reported by the New York Times.
Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe could be fired from the agency just days before his retirement over his decision to allow FBI officials to speak to reporters about a Clinton Foundation investigation in 2016
The person said McCabe is suspected of misleading internal investigators about a media leak, an allegation he denies.
The review is looking into McCabe’s 2016 decision to allow FBI officials to speak to reporters about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to the New York Times.
The Justice Department’s inspector general said that McCabe had not been forthcoming during the review, though details about what the official failed to say were not clear.
Agents are commonly fired when they show a lack of candor, the Times report pointed out.
The report recommended that McCabe be terminated, leaving Sessions in charge of his fate.
President Trump has frequently criticized McCabe publicly, suggesting that his wife’s involvement in Democratic politics had tainted the FBI official too.
In the past, the president has tried to connect the dots between McCabe and Clinton over a campaign donation his wife received from Clinton ally, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
‘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.
At the same time, Trump has also complained, again and again, about Sessions, after the attorney general recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Firing McCabe could put Sessions in a better position with Trump, but the attorney general would have to act fast.
McCabe is due to retire on Sunday, and then will be eligible for his pension after spending 22 years at the bureau.
McCabe did not return an Associated Press reporter’s call seeking comment.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said there ‘are no personnel announcements at this time’