Andrew McCabe Sues DOJ For Wrongful Termination, Claims Politics, Trump Had A Role In Dismissal
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is suing the Justice Department and the FBI, alleging that he was wrongfully fired in 2018 for what were politically motivated reasons.
McCabe is suing to be reinstated at the FBI as deputy director, his former role before termination. He’s hoping to do so to allow himself to work for two days in order to reach the required amount of time on the job to qualify for his pension, CNN reported.
McCabe worked with the FBI for two decades, serving in a senior role from 2016 to his firing. He played a significant role in the agency in the days after President Donald Trump fired then-Director James Comey, in May 2017, including opening an investigation into the president himself over whether his actions were illegal or not. McCabe opened the inquiry in order to ensure an ongoing Russia investigation would remain “on solid ground” following Comey’s exit, reported Politico.
Officially, the Department of Justice said it fired McCabe for “lack of candor” during interviews with the Inspector General’s office regarding a leak to the media during the 2016 presidential campaign. McCabe disputes that allegation.
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The lawsuit filed by McCabe on Thursday suggests that the FBI “responded to [McCabe’s] two decades of unblemished and non-partisan public service with a politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public firing in March 2018,” the same night he was due to receive his pension.
The complaint further alleges that Trump played a vital role in his firing.
“It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him,” the lawsuit states, reported NPR.
Trump frequently targeted McCabe in social media and in other statements, accusing the former deputy FBI director of being biased against him due to his wife running for political office as a Democrat and receiving donations from former Democratic Party head Terry McAuliffe.
The Inspector General’s report found that McCabe had not acted inappropriately in his actions when his wife ran for office, the Washington Post reported.