Andrew McCabe faces possible firing by Jeff Sessions

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, The New York Times reported Wednesday afternoon.

The recommendation from officials with the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility was sent to Justice Department leaders but has not been acted on yet, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal disciplinary matter.

Horowitz's report has not been released, and McCabe denies having misled anyone, a person familiar with the case said.

"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?"

No announcement is imminent, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. Trump reportedly asked McCabe how he voted in the 2016 election after the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last May. He is due to officially retire on Sunday, but Sessions is reviewing a formal recommendation to dismiss him.

The recommendation comes amid an internal review looking into a choice McCabe made in 2016 to allow agency officials to speak with reporters about a Clinton Foundation investigation.

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"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

His departure followed months of attacks from Mr Trump, who has lambasted the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as compromised by the presence of partisan officials.

The situation now seems fraught for all involved.

McCabe has been a particular target of Trump's tweet-rage over time, with Trump focused on the financial backing McCabe's wife received from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe - a longtime ally of the Clintons - when she ran as a Democrat for state senate in Virginia.

The decision could have dire ramifications for McCabe - whose pension could be at risk - as well as for the larger discussion of President Donald Trump's attempts to influence the actions of the Justice Department. If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe.

The Wall Street Journal story was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter at The Washington Post.

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