Andrew Mccabe

Andrew McCabe sues Justice Department over "politically motivated" firing

Andrew Mccabe
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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is suing the Justice Department and the FBI for violating his First Amendment rights by firing him for his "refusal to pledge partisan allegiance" to President Trump.

Context: McCabe, who opened a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was acting as an agent of Russia after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, was fired by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March 2018 after the Justice Department's inspector general found that he had "made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions." The termination came hours before McCabe's formal retirement was set to kick in, threatening his pension.

The White House plan to exploit Andrew McCabe's new book

In this image, Andrew McCabe is escorted by a security guard through a light gray hallway in the Rayburn House office building. News cameras follow him.
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White House officials and sources close to President Trump are treating Andrew McCabe's book as an opportunity.

What's happening: These people plan to keep promoting bits from "The Threat," which has rocketed past Michelle Obama's "Becoming" to #1 on Amazon's best-sellers list, that support their "deep state" narrative. They also plan to argue that the rest of the former FBI deputy director's claims are a pack of lies.