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McCabe says his dismissal part of Trump's "war" on Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Sandy Nunez | 18 March, 2018, 01:32

"I applaud Attorney General Jeff Sessions for taking action and firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe prior to his scheduled retirement", Goodlatte said.

McCabe, who conducted interviews with several media outlets in advance of his firing, told the New York Times that the allegations against him were "part of an effort to discredit me as a witness" in special counsel Robert Mueller III's probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

The onetime Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general kept personal memos describing interactions with the president that are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

Mr. McCabe was sacked less than two days before his retirement.

McCabe, who was sacked just hours before he was set to retire, said his dismissal was a result of Trump's effort to to interfere with Mueller's probe.

Last night after firing McCabe, he tweeted that it was a great day for democracy.

Dowd's new statement "basically confirms McCabe's statement from last night: that McCabe's 11th hour termination from the FBI was directly tied to the Russian Federation investigation, for which McCabe is a crucial witness", Jens Ohlin, a vice dean at Cornell Law School and an expert on criminal law, told Business Insider.

Dowd's statement was reported earlier by the Daily Beast, which said that Dowd indicated that he was speaking on behalf of Trump in his capacity as the president's personal lawyer. McCabe, according to an official with knowledge of the matter who was not authorized to comment publicly, told Trump that he did not vote.

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Responding to the president, Brennan, who led the Central Intelligence Agency under the Obama administration, tweeted: "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history".

As a congressional hearing days after Comey's dismissal, McCabe contradicted White House assertions that the Trump campaign investigation was one of the "smallest things" on the FBI's plate.

As part of his investigation, Mueller is scrutinizing whether Trump's repeated and public efforts to meddle in the DOJ constitute obstruction of justice.

The FBI also released a trove of internal emails and documents in January that confirmed McCabe was not warned against becoming involved in the Clinton investigation but recused himself anyway following The Journal's report about his wife's campaign.

Sessions said McCabe was dismissed for not being forthcoming with investigators and for making an unauthorized disclosure to the media.

But the McCabe and Comey situations are also somewhat different. He released a lengthy statement deriding his firing as "slander" and arguing that the inspector general's report was accelerated in response to his closed-door testimony saying he would corroborate key claims made by Comey.

"I would add that for me, and I think many former law enforcement personnel, it is hard to recall any precedent for the kind of personal vindictiveness the action by the executive exhibits towards a career FBI agent like McCabe, except from the long-time targets of federal law enforcement, like the mob or drug cartels", Cotter said.

McCabe defended his integrity after the news broke, telling The New York Times: "The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong".