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Then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testifying before a House subcommittee in June 2017. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

The Department of Justice gave former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe back pay and restored his retirement benefits as part of a settlement for a federal lawsuit alleging he was illegally fired for political reasons in March 2018.

Why it matters: McCabe had been dismissed hours before he was set to retire by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions after an inspector general's report alleged that he had improperly disclosed information to reporters, meaning he was denied retirement and other benefits.

The big picture: McCabe became acting director of the bureau after former President Trump fired director James Comey in 2017 in part because of his frustration with the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin in 2016.

  • After McCabe became acting director and took over the investigation, Trump repeatedly publicly ridiculed him in tweets. McCabe became deputy director again when Christopher Wray was sworn in as the new director in August 2017.
  • The same day it became public that McCabe was retiring, Trump claimed he was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!"

What they're saying: "Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and civil service personnel decisions," McCabe said through through Arnold & Porter, a law firm.

  • "I hope that this result encourages the men and women of the FBI to continue to protect the American people by standing up for the truth and doing their jobs without fear of political retaliation," he added.

Of note: The Justice Department did not admit wrongdoing or apologize to McCabe in the court filing.

Go deeper ... Timeline: Trump's turbulent relationship with Andrew McCabe

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Payments to families separated at border still being negotiated, White House clarifies

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The White House clarified Thursday that negotiations are ongoing for payments to families who were separated at the border under the Trump administration.

The latest: The Wall Street Journal first reported that the Justice Department was in talks to pay $450,000 per person to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of the families affected. When asked about the payments this week, President Biden had said, "That's not going to happen." Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday his response was to the $450,000 figure and not the payments themselves.

Former D.C. Guard alleges Army Generals lied about Jan. 6 response

Members of the National Guard and Capitol police keep a small group of pro-Trump demonstrators away from the Capitol following the insurrection on Jan. 6. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A former D.C. National Guard official has alleged that top Army generals "lied" to Congress in their testimony on the U.S. Capitol riot, Politico first reported Monday.

The big picture: Col. Earl Matthews, who was serving on Jan. 6, alleges in a memo that the official version on the military response is "worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist" and that the Pentagon inspector general's November report on it features "myriad inaccuracies, false or misleading statements, or examples of faulty analysis."

Toyota to build $1.3 billion U.S. battery plant in North Carolina

The all-electric Toyota bZ4X, the company's first battery-electric vehicle, at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 17. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Toyota announced Monday it's investing $1.3 billion to construct an electric vehicle battery "megasite" near Greensboro, North Carolina, set to open in 2025.

Why it matters: Toyota's Prius hybrid won environmental plaudits when it launched in 1997, but it has since lost ground to electric vehicle world leader Tesla, per Axios' Joann Muller. This battery plant will be the first to produce automotive batteries for Toyota in North America.