Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe settled a Justice Department lawsuit on Thursday, reinstating his full pension after being unceremoniously fired under the Trump administration.
“Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and decisions about public service personnel,” McCabe said in a statement.
He added, “I hope this result encourages the men and women of the FBI to continue to protect the American people by standing up for the truth and doing their jobs without fear of political reprisal.
McCabe was fired in March 2018 by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who accepted an internal FBI recommendation to fire him. McCabe was fired less than two days before he retired and became eligible for full retirement benefits.
Under the settlement, the Department of Justice agreed to reverse and reverse McCabe’s dismissal, update his employment record to indicate that he had retired in good standing, and reinstate his retirement pension. full retirement, including a lump sum payment of the benefits he should have received after he left the agency. The department also agreed to update McCabe’s file to show that he had been continuously employed by the FBI from 1996 until his retirement in 2018.
McCabe, the target of Trump’s relentless attacks, took over the office in 2017 – from May to August – after the brutal sacking of Director James Comey, who was leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Director Chris Wray then took over after being confirmed by the Senate.
McCabe resigned from the FBI in January 2018, but remained on the federal payroll before his official retirement in March. McCabe was at the center of tensions between the White House and the FBI during the Russia investigation and was reportedly under pressure. of Trump to resign.
McCabe sued in 2019, arguing he was wrongly fired because he was not loyal enough to Trump.
McCabe said in the lawsuit that Trump demanded his “personal allegiance” and “sought retaliation” when he “refused to give it”. He added: “Sessions, Wray and others have served as Trump’s personal executors rather than the country’s top law enforcement officials, responding to Trump’s unlawful whims instead of honoring their oaths to abide by. the Constitution.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment.