Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s former No. 2 official who was deeply involved in the agency’s investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia’s role in the 2016 US election.
Sessions announced the firing on Friday, saying that an investigation indicated that McCabe had lied under oath — a major ethical violation for an FBI official and potentially a criminal offense.
President Donald Trump, who has long called for McCabe’s firing but said the decision was up to Sessions, chimed in just after midnight on Twitter, calling the ouster ‘a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI — A great day for Democracy.’
‘Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!’ Trump continued. Trump fired Comey as FBI director last May.
The latest sacking came just two days before McCabe planned to retire after more than 20 years of FBI service, yanking the full government pension he would have otherwise qualified for. The pension was said to be worth about $1.8million.
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