Swamp Strikes Back: FBI’s Andrew McCabe Likely Eligible For Smaller Pension Even If Fired
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe faces the possibility of being fired after an internal review recommended he be terminated.
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The Wall Street Journal reports:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a recommendation to fire former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and could order his ouster this week, shortly before Mr. McCabe’s expected retirement, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. McCabe allegedly wasn’t forthcoming with investigators probing the disclosure of information to a Wall Street Journal reporter for an October 2016 story about an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation, said the person. Mr. McCabe left his post in January after he was told to step aside, but had been expected to take leftover vacation time until he was eligible to retire this month after a decadeslong career with the agency. A spokeswoman for Mr. Sessions said in a statement that the Justice Department “follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated,” and said she had “no personnel announcements at this time.”
In a last-ditch effort, McCabe met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s staff Thursday to appeal the FBI’s recommendation for Sessions to fire him, the Wall Street Journal‘s Del Quentin Wilber reported.
However, even if McCabe is fired, the FBI official is likely to be eligible for a smaller pension starting in 7 years time.
The financial stakes for McCabe could be significant. If he makes it to his 50th birthday on Sunday while still in federal service, he’s eligible to begin drawing a full pension immediately under provisions that apply to federal law enforcement officers, said Kimberly Berry, a lawyer in Arlington, Virginia, who specializes in federal retirement issues.
Berry disputed reports, however, that McCabe would lose his pension altogether if he is fired before Sunday.
“He doesn’t lose his retirement,” she said. “It’s not all thrown out in the garbage.“
Even if McCabe is dismissed, he will probably be eligible to begin collecting his pension at about age 57, although he would likely lose access to federal health coverage and would probably get a smaller pension than if he were to stay on the federal payroll through Sunday, experts said.
Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter recently told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Justice Department Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, is investigating whether or not McCabe asked bureau agents to “change their 302s.”
A day after the New York Times reported FBI Director Christopher Wray confronted McCabe over unspecified findings in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, the Washington Post reveals the embattled bureau official is being probed over his role in examining emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
McCabe stepped down January 29th, as first reported by NBC News.
McCabe, who served a brief stint as acting director of the bureau, was already expected to leave. He will stay on “terminal leave” until he is eligible to retire with benefits in March,” reported CNBC.