Sessions Must Decide Whether to Fire FBI's McCabe, Source Says

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McCabe stepped down from his post as the FBI's second-in-command in January after Trump repeatedly accused him of political bias, but remained on the payrolls in order to qualify for full retirement benefits.

McCabe was also involved in the in investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation and is a potential witness to determine whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, the Times reported. If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe. 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.

McCabe declined to comment through a spokesperson.

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CBN News contacted Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Igur Flores who said in a statement, "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated. 90 days to go?!" "We have no personnel announcements at this time", she added. Trump - who already has a strained relationship with Justice Department leaders - might be particularly displeased.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits". McCabe "tried at every juncture to be as accurate and of course truthful" as he could, and he even "proactively reached out" to investigators to clarify any misunderstandings and make sure they had the most complete information from him, according to one source speaking in defense of McCabe. But that risks enraging President Donald Trump and Republicans who have railed against McCabe, including for his role in the FBI's decision against charging Democrat Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information by using private email when she was secretary of State.

Before he can join the list of people to leave the Trump administration however, McCabe might join his former boss James Comey, federal prosecutor Preet Bhahara, and the Justice Department's Sally Yates as a notable person to get fired by the administration under peculiar circumstances. In this instance, though, it might have been viewed as inappropriate because the discussion was focused on an ongoing criminal investigation.

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