US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe in a surprise just one day advance of his retirement on Sunday. It is reported that McCabe had made some unapproved revelation to the media and showed an obvious prejudice in the probe on Inspector General although Jeff Sessions has described the investigation as ‘Extensive and Fair’.
This has literally stalled the career of the Deputy Director who had gone up the ranks to the second-in-command of the bureau. McCabe had been at the receiving end of President Trump’s ire and had been repeatedly accused of misleading the internal investigations at Justice Department. He was slated to retire on Sunday which also was his 50th birthday and would have officially become eligible for all the benefits of retirement. The abrupt decision has put the latter in jeopardy and thus paralysed his record of 20 years of service.
It is reported that the fall has been the result of an internal review which had been underway by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz which had concluded that McCabe had been dishonest in leading the investigators in directing other personnel at FBI to tell Wall Street Journal about his role in a public corruption investigation in the Clinton Foundation. The Horowitz Report was referred to the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI which had recommended the termination of McCabe’s service.
Michael Horowitz is handling the investigation on how the FBI and Justice Department have handled sensitive investigations prior to 2016 Presidential elections which also includes the probe on Clinton’s private email server.