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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'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering firing top FBI official Andrew McCabe before he officially retires from the bureau in a few days, a move that could deprive the outgoing deputy director of pension benefits, Fox News has confirmed.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now reviewing recommendations for McCabe's firing from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.

The person familiar with the matter said McCabe is suspected of having not been forthcoming with officials from the inspector general's office who were investigating the media leak - an allegation he denies.

President Trump has frequently slammed McCabe, seeing him as biased against his administration and in the tank for Hillary Clinton during the campaign.

"The department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", said the spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores. After his wife's campaign was over - she lost - McCabe was promoted to the deputy director post, where he oversaw the Clinton investigation until a report about the contributions led him to recuse himself.

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. Among Mr. McCabe's allies, the decision would raise the specter that Mr. Sessions was influenced by Mr. Trump's frequent derisive comments.




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. But it seems McCabe hasn't been a Trump favorite, either.

Horowitz told lawmakers during a November congressional hearing that he is aiming to release the report in the "March, April time period".

Firing McCabe could put Sessions in a better position with Trump, but the attorney general would have to act fast. "We have no personnel announcements at this time".

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department acknowledged to The Times that McCabe's employment is under review.

His departure followed months of attacks from Mr Trump, who has lambasted the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as compromised by the presence of partisan officials.

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