Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being forced to make a politically explosive decision: whether to fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just days before he's scheduled to retire and start drawing his pension, according to a person familiar with the matter. The recommendation from the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility came after an internal report by the Justice Department's inspector general accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation veteran of misleading investigators looking into an array of matters connected to the 2016 presidential campaign, the source said.
TA source told AP that McCabe is suspected of misleading internal investigators about a media leak, an allegation he denies. Three months ago, after McCabe announced that he would be stepping down as the FBI's deputy director but remain a government employee until retirement, President Donald Trump tweeted that McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits".
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. That yet-to-be-released report triggered an F.B.I. disciplinary process that recommended his termination - leaving Mr. Sessions to either accept or reverse that decision.
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Also to be screened are nominees for membership of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) sent to the upper parliament for confirmation.
Mr. Sessions would be able to point to a critical inspector general's report and say he followed Justice Department protocol. The Justice Department said no formal decision has been made on McCabe's fate. "We have no personnel announcements at this time".
The President repeatedly took to Twitter to blast Mr McCabe's role overseeing FBI investigations of the Clinton Foundation - a philanthropic enterprise established by former President Bill Clinton - and of former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State.
The Wall Street Journal story was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter at The Washington Post. A representative of the inspector general's office declined to comment when reached by HuffPost this week, and the office has generally been tight-lipped about the forthcoming reports.