McCabe has repeatedly denied the deception. He was not the subject of criminal charges and said his dismissal was politically motivated. In an interview with CNN on Thursday night, he again said “at no time did I mislead anyone”.
“This was clearly an act of vindication against a perceived political enemy,” McCabe said, adding that the current DOJ “stands for fairness and the rule of law.”
“In the settlement agreement itself, they agree that members of the executive should not interfere in internal staff matters as this creates the appearance of political influence,” he said. declared.
In addition to reinstating his full retirement pension, the federal government also agreed to reverse and reverse his dismissal. McCabe has now officially retired in good standing.
The former FBI deputy director said on Thursday he was shocked the legal process took 20 months to produce results on Thursday. He said inspectors general regularly submit reports to prosecutors, often resolving disputes within days or weeks.
“It went on for 20 months. Personally, I think it was necessary,” McCabe said. “It was necessary for the Justice Department to pursue this vindictive criminal prosecution to validate what they had done with my dismissal. It was an effort to keep history straight, to continue to perpetuate this myth. overwhelming.”
McCabe didn’t mince words when it came to talking about the toll the process has taken on his family.
“I can’t tell you what it was like to go through. What this whole vindictive campaign has done to my wife. My children. My parents,” he said. “I mean, knowing that you basically have a target on the back of the most powerful person in the world.… It was like a world upside down.”
And McCabe doesn’t think he’s seen the end of it.
“I don’t feel free. I’m not kidding myself that the president is going to put aside his gruesome judgment, constant lies and torment towards me and my family,” he said. “I’m sure that will just add another log to the fire. He’ll probably say all kinds of things about it tomorrow. But you know what? I’m just at the point where I don’t care. I don’t care. what this guy has to say. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.