Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Trump administration only hours before his retirement three years ago, has emerged victorious in his lawsuit against the Bureau. McCabe was awarded his full law enforcement benefits, as well as some attorney fees.
The Justice Department, under Donald Trump’s orders, demoted and then dismissed McCabe on the night before his 50th birthday in March 2018, when his FBI annuity benefits would have been fully vested.
In his lawsuit, McCabe argued that his firing violated his First Amendment rights by punishing him for his “perceived affiliation” with the Democratic Party. McCabe also said the dismissal violated his Fifth Amendment due process rights by leaving him with little time to review the evidence against him and prepare a defense in early 2018.
Some good news: Andrew McCabe gets his pension and benefits back after settling a lawsuit saying that Trump fired him for political reasons. Good for him.
— Amy Lynn👣❤ (@AmyAThatcher) October 14, 2021
Trump had accused McCabe of conflicts of interest because McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, ran without success for a seat in the Virginia Senate and accepted contributions from Democratic Party stalwart and then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Andrew McCabe countered that he had run the arrangement past FBI lawyers and ethics officials.
FBI ex-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will get his FULL pension & other benefits back due to a lawsuit he won proving he was fired for political reasons.
He was fired the day before his pension would've taken effect by the spoiled, spiteful loser, TFG.
How about a consulting gig? https://t.co/k4nLstxQSd
— 🌊Sheryl Lynne #EndTheFilibuster (@shossy2) October 15, 2021
One of McCabe’s attorneys at the time said a senior Justice Department official told him the department was making things up as it went along. Correspondence among the FBI, the DOJ, and the inspector general obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and other means suggested a race to get rid of McCabe under pressure from Trump’s White House.
In 2018, racist gremlin Jeff Sessions expressed a sheer abuse of power by firing Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe late at night in the weekend in order to block him from getting his retirement benefits.
McCabe has won retirement benefits and back pay in a settlement. Good.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 15, 2021
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz had also examined McCabe’s conduct as part of a broader review of FBI activities in 2016. Horowitz concluded that McCabe “lacked candor” when he spoke with investigators about disclosures he authorized to The Wall Street Journal during the heated presidential race. Prosecutors brought the matter to a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., but McCabe was never charged with criminal wrongdoing.
Tonight's *other* breaking news: Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe settles his lawsuit with the DOJ with very favorable terms. pic.twitter.com/7ZsRatVTMa
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) October 15, 2021
McCabe said the inspector general report was used by senior Justice Department officials as a “pretext” to dismiss him. McCabe opened investigations into Trump after the then-president fired then-FBI Director James Comey in the spring of 2017. The Justice Department did not admit wrongdoing or apologize to McCabe in the court filing late Thursday, but one part of the document says, “the Parties agree that Executive Branch officials outside the Department of Justice and its components should not comment publicly on ongoing career civil service employee disciplinary matters … so as not to create any appearance of improper political influence.”
Remember Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director who was vengefully canned by Trump 2 days before his pension was vested? He won back his pension and other benefits today, settling a lawsuit against the Justice Dept after asserting he was dismissed for political reasons.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) October 15, 2021