President Trump tweeted gleefully about Andrew McCabe’s firing hours after it was announced Friday evening, a little more than 24 hours before the former FBI director planned to retire.
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just two days before his scheduled retirement date. The Justice Department rejected an appeal from the former FBI deputy director that would have allowed him to retire on Sunday.
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
On Saturday, Trump revisited the topic in the afternoon.
As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State. #DrainTheSwamp— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
The Fake News is beside themselves that McCabe was caught, called out and fired. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars was given to wife’s campaign by Crooked H friend, Terry M, who was also under investigation? How many lies? How many leaks? Comey knew it all, and much more!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
In an interview shortly after his firing, McCabe said he believed his treatment by Trump during his tenure and his dismissal were directly connected to the special counsel’s investigation, for which he is a potential witness.
“The idea that I was dishonest is just wrong,” McCabe said, adding, “This is part of an effort to discredit me as a witness.”
The Friday dismissal was made on the recommendation of FBI disciplinary officials and comes ahead of an inspector general report expected to conclude that McCabe had authorized the release of information to the news media and had not been forthcoming with the watchdog office as it examined the bureau’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.