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DOJ to recommend criminal charges for ex-FBI official Andrew McCabe

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The Justice Department is moving forward with bringing criminal charges against former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, Fox News reported on Thursday.

McCabe subsequently appealed that decision to deputy attorney general Jeff Rosen, but Rosen rejected the plea, according to The New York Times and NBC News.

The news could pave the way for an indictment of McCabe, which could be coming within the next few days.

McCabe was fired in March 2018 after an investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) into his approval of unauthorized disclosures to the media in October 2016 related to the bureau’s Hillary Clinton email probe.

The inspector general, Michael Horowitz, concluded in a report that McCabe was not forthcoming during the OIG review. The FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) subsequently recommended that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions fire McCabe.

McCabe was fired one day before he was set to retire, and his ouster posed a significant risk to his pension and benefits.

Last month, the former deputy director sued the FBI and the Justice Department over his firing, claiming that it was a politically motivated retaliation against him fueled by President Donald Trump.

“It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him,” McCabe’s lawsuit said. “Plaintiff’s termination was a critical element of Trump’s plan and scheme.”

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