Andrew McCabe suing Justice Department, FBI over firing

Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Andrew McCabe speaks during a press conference at the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, on July 13, 2017. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is suing the Justice Department and FBI over his firing last spring.

McCabe is asking a federal court in Washington to reinstate him as deputy director of the FBI so he can earn a full pension, which he was deprived of by being fired.

He was dismissed less than two days before his retirement date following him being under investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general for improper disclosure of information to the media and lack of candor to federal investigators. McCabe, who worked for the FBI for two decades and was a senior leader in 2016 through 2018, including after FBI Director James Comey’s firing and the early days of the Mueller investigation, had become a target of President Donald Trump’s heckling on Twitter and he accused the FBI of bowing to political pressure in his March 2018 firing.

The department and FBI “responded to Plaintiff’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 — on the very night of Plaintiff’s long-planned retirement from the FBI,” the lawsuit states.

A fired FBI agent who had worked on the Russia investigation, Peter Strzok, sued the Justice Department earlier this week over his own termination, saying Trump had pressed for his firing in 2018 for political reasons.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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