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McCabe Fired Before Sunday Pension Cutoff, Breaks His Silence

WASHINGTON -- Just over a day before his scheduled retirement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, stripping the career FBI agent of a half-million-dollar pension.

In return, McCabe broke his silence and said he was "being singled out and treated this way" for what he witnessed and did after President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

"After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsiblity (OPR)," Sessions said in a statement tonight. "The FBI's OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor -- including under oath -- on multiple occasions."

"The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, 'All FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand,'" he added. "Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department's senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately."

McCabe reportedly learned of his firing via press release.

In December, President Trump fired off a series of tweets against McCabe, a career FBI agent whose pediatrician wife ran for a state Senate seat in Virginia in 2015 and received donations from the Democratic Party and then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee. One of the tweets was, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!"

The Washington Post reported the following month that in May, soon after Comey was fired, Trump was introduced to McCabe in an Oval Office meeting and asked the acting director who he voted for in 2016. McCabe reportedly told the president that he didn't vote in the presidential election.

Trump also allegedly spoke out against the political donations McCabe's wife received in the past, and McCabe reportedly characterized the exchange to others as "disturbing."

McCabe issued a lengthy statement noting his 21-year career as a special agent and his case experience, including investigating Russian organized crime.

"For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The president's tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us," he said. "No more."