Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday that he has fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — just days before he was set to retire.
McCabe quickly found himself in President Donald Trump’s crosshairs amid allegations that he “authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter and misled investigators when asked about it,” according to the Washington Post.
McCabe was planning on retiring Sunday, his 50th birthday, which would have made him eligible for early retirement benefits.
However, being fired puts part of his pension in serious question, CNN reported:
Considering McCabe’s number of years at the agency and estimations of his high-level pay grade, formulas published by the US Office of Personnel Management for law enforcement officers show that his yearly payout could hit in the area of $60,000 each year, if McCabe were to retire after his birthday on Sunday.
If he were to be fired before Sunday, it appears likely McCabe could be docked his pension until he hits another, later age milestone.
Additionally, McCabe could reportedly lose his so-called “law enforcement boost” to his pension and future health care coverage.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
The Washington Post has more details on what ultimately led Sessions to fire McCabe:
Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz has for some time been working on a report that blasts McCabe for allowing two high-ranking bureau officials to sit down with the Wall Street Journal as the news outlet prepared a report in 2016 on an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s family foundation, then misleading the inspector general’s team about his actions. A person familiar with the matter said Horowitz’s findings are what sparked the Office of Professional Responsibility’s recommendation, which was first reported by the New York Times. Horowitz’s report has not been released, and McCabe denies having misled anyone, a person familiar with the case said.
The shocking news will certainly set the political world on fire and will be discussed at great length over the coming days.