Washington — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has withheld his pension in full as part of a settlement of proceedings resulting from the shootings in the Trump administration more than three years ago, his attorney announced Thursday.
McCabe, a frequent target of anger from President Donald Trump at the time, was dismissed in March 2018 after the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that he had approved the disclosure of information to newspaper reporters. misled internal investigators about his role in the leak. The dismissal by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions came hours before McCabe retired and was denied the pensions of FBI officers.
The settlement invalidates the settlement decision, removes the dismissal mention from his personnel folder and gives McCabe, who joined the FBI in 1996, the right to pay his full pension.
“Politics should never play a role in the fair management of justice and in the decisions of a civil servant,” McCabe said in a statement. “This result encourages FBI men and women to continue protecting Americans by facing the truth and doing their jobs without fear of political retaliation,” he said.
McCabe denies intentionally defrauding anyone, has not been charged with criminal charges, and deflected his firing as part of political motivation and the Trump administration’s “ongoing war against the FBI.” Trump, who at the time was relentlessly opposed to the FBI by investigating links between Russia and the 2016 presidential election, called it a “great day for democracy” shortly after the announcement.
McCabe filed a proceeding in 2019, saying his dismissal was part of Trump’s efforts to wipe out the FBI of officials who believed him to be dishonest. McCabe became deputy director of the FBI in May 2017 after Trump fired James Comey during a bureau investigation in Russia.
As part of the agreement, the federal government revoked and withdrew McCabe’s dismissal, deemed him a retiree in good standing, and agreed to reinstate his full retirement pension. He also has senior FBI officials, including special cufflinks, “FBI Official Qualifications, Badges, and Keys to Awards for Years of Service, normally attached to the form provided for the retirement of an FBI deputy director.” Is.” You are entitled to other benefits offered for executive retirement. According to the settlement.
“For 140 years, civil servants like Andrew McCabe have been the backbone of the federal government, promising loyalty to the Constitution rather than to politicians and political parties,” McCabe’s lawyer, Murad Hussein, said in a statement.
“The settlement and district court decisions make it clear that attempts to corrupt the federal workforce by partisan threats and undue political influence will go unanswered,” he said. added.
A Justice Department spokesperson, who did not acknowledge the fraud as part of the settlement, did not immediately return an email seeking comment.
The settlement would restore McCabe’s pension, but would not undo the Inspector General’s conclusion that McCabe showed a lack of candidacy under cross-examination by investigators.
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