A.G. Fires Deputy Director of F.B.I. Two Days Before His Pension Kicks In

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The Atlantic: “Andrew McCabe, a former acting and deputy FBI director who had drawn the ire of President Trump, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday evening, a decision that raises troubling questions about the independence of both the Justice Department and the FBI.”

“McCabe was fired two days short of his planned retirement, which puts his benefits in danger.”

USA Today: “McCabe called the attacks on his credibility ‘one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally.'”

“‘It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day,’ he said in the statement. ‘Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.'”

“Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 elections and whether there was any collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.”

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