White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday called FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “a bad actor” and said he has had “very troubling behavior,” but did not call for his firing, instead telling reporters that any decision about McCabe’s employment would be made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“That’s a determination that we would leave up to Attorney General Sessions,“ Sanders told reporters. ”But we do think it is well documented that he has had some very troubling behavior and by most accounts a bad actor and should have some cause for concern.”
It was reported on Wednesday that Sessions was considering firing McCabe, only four days before he would retire on March 18, due to allegations that he misled investigators during a Justice Department review.
President Donald Trump has previously accused McCabe of bias that he said may have affected the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. He claimed McCabe could not have fairly run the probe because his wife had received donations from a political action committee funded by Clinton associates.
“Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives,” Trump said on Twitter. “Drain the Swamp!”
McCabe was placed under investigation for his handling of Clinton’s email probe in January. That same month, he formally stepped down from his position. He has been on leave ever since.
Reports say that if Sessions were to fire McCabe before his March 18 retirement date, McCabe would not receive pension benefits for his years of service.
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