Ex-No. 2 Federal Bureau of Investigation official may face firing ahead of 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.

In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores in a statement said the following: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated. We have no personnel announcements at this time".

The inspector general's finding sparked an Federal Bureau of Investigation disciplinary process that recommended his firing, something Sessions can accept or reverse, the paper said.

The inspector general faulted McCabe for his decision to allow officials to speak with reporters about the bureau's investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

Sessions is reviewing a recommendation from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility that McCabe should be fired immediately for misleading Justice Department officials, said the person who asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive deliberations.

A Justice Department representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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"The situation now seems fraught for all involved", the Post reported.

Republicans have questioned McCabe's ties to the Democratic Party, considering his wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015 and got financial help from a group tied to Clinton family ally Terry McAuliffe. "90 days to go?!"

The FBI has said McCabe received ethics approval and was not overseeing the Clinton investigation at the time. The president remarked in December that McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits". The FBI isn't supposed to disclose information about ongoing criminal investigations, but the October 30, 2016, story went into an extraordinary level of detail about turf wars between the FBI and the Justice Department over the handling of the Clinton Foundation probe.

The story presented McCabe as a complicated figure - one who lower level officials felt was stymieing their work, even though it detailed McCabe pushing back against Justice Department officials so the case could move forward. In this instance, though, it might have been viewed as inappropriate because the discussion was focused on an ongoing criminal investigation.