Sanders: McCabe a ‘bad actor,’ White House leaves firing decision to Sessions

Sanders: McCabe a ‘bad actor,’ White House leaves firing decision to Sessions

Then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on May 11, 2017. He was accused of lying to FBI agents about media leaks regarding the agency’s 2016 investigation into the Clinton Foundation. He had denied lying to investigators. He was fired 10 months later.(U.S. Senate screengrab)

WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday that the White House is leaving a potential decision to fire Andrew McCabe before he is eligible to receive his pension to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but said that the former deputy FBI director was a “bad actor.”

“We do think that 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,” Sanders said during Thursday’s briefing.

According to multiple reports, a report from the Justice Departments’ Inspector General’s determined that McCabe lied to investigators about a decision to allow two FBI officials to talk to the media about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation in 2016.

In response to the investigators’ findings, the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility reportedly recommended that McCabe be terminated.

McCabe stepped down in January and announced that he would retire on March 18.

If he is fired before the date he set, McCabe stands to lose his retirement benefits after over two decades with the FBI.

In a meeting with senior Justice Department officials on Thursday, McCabe asked not to be fired according to the Washington Post.

Prior to the internal report, McCabe had been within the president’s sights.

Trump publicly took issue with McCabe serving on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

In particular, Trump cited McCabe’s wife’s unsuccessful state Senate bid in Virginia, a campaign that received donations from former Gov. Terry Mcauliffe’s PAC.

McCauliffe has been a longtime ally of the Clintons.

The month before McCabe announced his retirement, Trump tweeted that the then-deputy director was “racing the clock.”

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