Tidligere nestsjef i FBI Andrew McCabe under senatshøringen om Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act i Washington 7. juni i fjor. Foto Kevin Lamarque / Reuters / Scanpix
USAs justisminister Jeff Sessions har sparket tidligere visedirektør i FBI, Andrew McCabe, kun to dager før han skulle pensjonere seg.
McCabe ble avsatt som visedirektør i januar, men har fortsatt vært ansatt i FBI.
I en pressemelding opplyser Sessions at McCabe sparkes med umiddelbar virkning. Justisministeren fastslår at McCabe har lekket til media og løyet under ed – ved flere anledninger. Foxnews.com:
The Justice Department dealt a stunning blow to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday night, firing him just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.
«Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately,» Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.
«After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR),» Sessions 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 that our integrity is our brand.'»
President Donald Trump har ved flere anledninger anklaget McCabe offentlig for koblinger til Hillary Clinton.
McCabe har sittet midt i den skandalen som i lang tid har vært under oppbygging. FBI-agenten Peter Strzok og FBI-jurist Lisa Page har sørget for mange overskrifter gjennom strømmen av sms-meldinger med til dels grove utfall mot presidenten. I en melding fra 15 august 2016 sier Strzok at man ikke kan regne med at Hillary vinner, selv om det er sannsynlig. Man må ta ut en forsikring, i tilfelle det verste skjer. SMS-en åpner med en henvisning til en samtale i «Andys office» og det er allment antatt at det er McCabe det siktes til.
McCabe slo straks kraftig tilbake og anklaget Trump-administrasjonen for «den pågående krigen mot FBI»:
«This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,» McCabe said. «It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.»
For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country,» McCabe continued. «Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us. No more.»
Siden Andrew McCabe nå sparkes før han rekker å pensjonere seg, mister han trolig en stor andel av pensjonsrettighetene sine.