Former FBI official may be fired days before he’s set to retire

The Justice Department is reviewing a recommendation that it fire former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, days ahead of his scheduled retirement, amid an inspector general investigation expected to be harshly critical of him, a person familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The recommendation from officials with the 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 because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly about an internal personnel matter.

McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism even before the election, has been on leave from the FBI since stepping down in January from his deputy director position. He is scheduled to retire on Sunday after a 22-year career.

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