Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday fired Andrew McCabe, the No. 2 official at the FBI and a longtime target of President Trump, and almost immediately, Democrat-in-disguise, RINO Princess Lindsey Graham called for an investigation into the firing.
McCabe’s ouster comes just days before he was scheduled to retire on Sunday, after more than 20 years at the bureau. McCabe had already stepped down under pressure in January and has been on a leave of absence since.
In a statement Friday evening, Sessions said that the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of Inspector General (OIG) had found McCabe made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and “lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”
“Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,” Sessions said.
McCabe quickly declared that his termination and Trump’s needling against him were an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, in which he could be a potential witness.
“The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” McCabe told The New York Times. “This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness.”
McCabe’s dismissal came at the recommendation of an internal FBI office that handles disciplinary matters. According to Times, the recommendation was based on a finding from the Justice Department inspector general that McCabe was not forthcoming during the review, which includes an investigation into a decision he made in 2016 to allow FBI officials to speak with reporters about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The exact details of the allegations against McCabe remain unclear.
Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday said the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold a hearing on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ firing of deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, telling CNN’s “State of the Union” that the decision merits extra scrutiny “to make sure it wasn’t politically motivated.”
“I think we owe it to the average American to have a hearing in the Judiciary Committee, where Mr. Sessions, Attorney General Sessions, comes forward with whatever documentation he has about the firing, and give Mr. McCabe a chance to defend himself,” Graham (R-S.C.), who sits on the committee, said.
“I believe, when it comes to this issue, we need as much transparency as possible to make sure it wasn’t politically motivated.”
“I think President Trump believes that he’s been put upon by the FBI. He reads the texts between the two FBI agents in charge of the Clinton e-mail investigation showing a bias against him and support for her,” Graham said Sunday, referencing a series of 2016 text messages between an FBI agent and a bureau lawyer that were critical of the president.
“And Mr. McCabe, the Office of Professional Responsibility, has recommended that he be dismissed.”
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