Judge Nap on Potential McCabe Firing: He Is the 'Poster Boy' for a Politicized FBI
Judge Andrew Napolitano said Thursday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe "has become the poster boy" for the alleged politicization of the FBI.
Fox News has learned that the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility made the recommendation to terminate McCabe. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing that recommendation and if he approves it by Friday at 5:00pm ET, McCabe would not receive his pension benefits.
McCabe could be fired for allegedly helping to leak information on the 2016 Clinton Foundation probe and not being forthcoming about the Hillary Clinton email probe by the FBI.
"He has become the poster boy for a politicized and morally relativist FBI, neither of which the country wants," Napolitano said, adding that McCabe lying to investigators about the leaking would be the real motivation for the firing.
The Fox News senior judicial analyst said McCabe being denied his pension after a 22-year career would be "almost irreparable harm." The judge explained that McCabe, unlike former FBI Director James Comey, is not a political appointee and the process to fire him is exhaustive.
McCabe abruptly resigned in January and has been accused by Republicans - including President Donald Trump - of having a political bias in favor of Hillary Clinton.
His wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia State Senate seat in 2015 and received financial help from a group tied to a Clinton family ally.
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
"I have never heard, in all the years I have been doing this, of somebody being fired the day before their pension kicks in, so that the pension won't kick in," Napolitano said, predicting a legal battle if McCabe's pension does not kick in.
The judge said he shares concerns about McCabe's conduct, but a pension is still a "contract between the government and the employee."
Watch the interview above.