U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement Friday saying that Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe was fired - two days before his retirement.
Here's Sessions' statement:
"After an extensive and fair investigation and according to the Department of Justice procedure," Sessions' statement said, "the Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)."
"The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe," he continued. "Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions."
"The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability," the statement added. "As the OPR proposal stated, 'all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal and that our integrity is our brand.'"
"Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," the statement concluded.
Denial of misconduct
"I absolutely never misled the inspector general in any way," McCabe said to CNN. He blamed his firing on "a series of attacks designed to undermine my credibility and my reputation," and included the president in the group of attackers.
McCabe has previously denied charges of misconduct.
“I have tried at every juncture to be as accurate and of course truthful in all of my encounters with whoever was interested in asking questions,” McCabe said to ABC News. “The idea of being condemned or miscast in any way contrary to that is just unbelievably disappointing and really offensive to me.”