Former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe is set to retire this Sunday. His plan may be disrupted, however, by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is reportedly considering firing him.
The FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility is recommending McCabe's dismissal because of reports he misled investigators about several issues during the 2016 campaign and did little to prevent conflicts of interest.
The deputy director stepped down in January, but will remain on the FBI payroll until further notice. If Sessions follows through with the firing, McCabe could lose his full pension.
Trump, who is no fan of McCabe, has urged Sessions to go ahead and fire him for quite awhile.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
No decisions on McCabe's FBI status has been made as of yet, according to a DOJ spokesman.
“The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated,” a Justice Department spokeswoman said Wednesday. “That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process. We have no personnel announcements at this time.”
It would be another historic moment for the White House, as no deputy director in the history of the FBI has ever been fired.
McCabe's successor, David Bowdich, faced tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday over how the agency failed to take proper steps after receiving "explicit" warnings about Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz.