In a stunning defeat to former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday night that he had made the decision to fire him, effective immediately, after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

The firing came less than 48 hours before McCabe’s retirement from the FBI would have kicked in, and ensured that he now loses his government pension.

McCabe “fired back” with a statement in response, calling it an attack on his credibility, and slamming the Trump administration, including President Trump himself:

“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. 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.”

Just after midnight, President Trump responded to the firing with a statement on Twitter:

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!


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