Andrew McCabe faces possible firing by Jeff Sessions

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The Justice Department's inspector general said that McCabe had not been forthcoming during the review, though details about what the official failed to say were not clear.

McCabe ― a lifelong Republican ― has a strained relationship with the president.

White House Reporter and NBC Political Contributor Jonathan Lemire stated that the president "has put enormous pressure on Jeff Sessions, throughout, on this issue".

A source at the time told Fox News that McCabe is taking "terminal leave" - effectively taking vacation until he reaches his planned retirement in a matter of weeks.

The recommendation comes amid an internal review looking into a choice McCabe made in 2016 to allow agency officials to speak with reporters about a Clinton Foundation investigation.

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If Mr. Sessions does fire Mr. McCabe, it would place his pension as a 21-year government employee in jeopardy, The Times said.

The inspector general's finding sparked an Federal Bureau of Investigation disciplinary process that recommended his firing, something Sessions can accept or reverse, the paper said.

"The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated", a Justice Department spokeswoman said Wednesday. "That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process". "We have no personnel announcements at this time".

"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation", the president demanded to know last June. "90 days to go?!"

At the time of her campaign, McCabe had no oversight of any Clinton investigation and recused himself from investigations relating to Virginia politics.

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The inspector general has since last January been investigating the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the politically charged probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, which is separate from the foundation probe. Trump asked a year ago.

The story for which McCabe authorized FBI officials to discuss came just as the bureau announced it was resuming its look at Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, though it focused more on a different case involving her family's foundation.

Horowitz told lawmakers during a November congressional hearing that he is aiming to release the report in the "March, April time period".

The disciplinary process is continuing at the highest levels of the Justice Department, and no decision has been made on the discipline McCabe will face.

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