Attorney General Jeff Sessions has fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe less than two days before his retirement from the bureau.
The firing, effective immediately, was announced late Friday night in a statement by the Department of Justice.
Mr. McCabe was fired after a review by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz recommended the dismissal after an internal review.
The report, which has yet to have been made public, is said to have concluded Mr. McCabe mislead investigators about his role in allowing FBI officials to speak reporters at The Wall Street Journal about a corruption investigation into the Clinton Foundation, according to published reports on Wednesday.
Although the Justice Department did not confirm if McCabe was fired for The Wall Street Journal interview, it did say he made “an authorized disclosure to the news media.”
“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of Inspector General provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility,” the statement said. “The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor – including under oath – on multiple occasions. The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity and accountability. As the OPR proposal stated, “all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and integrity is our brand.”