Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe, who was dismissed from the agency following a tumultuous relationship with President Donald Trump, is suing the FBI and Department of Justice.
In a lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, McCabe said that his firing was "unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance" to Trump.
McCabe has said he believes he was politically targeted because he corroborated former FBI Director James Comey’s claims that Trump tried to pressure Comey into killing the Russia probe, and part of a broader campaign to clear the FBI and DOJ of anyone Trump deemed disloyal.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: “They were dirty cops.
These were bad people.
You look at McCabe and Comey…and you look at Lisa, and Peter Strzok.” As he did with Comey and Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation, Trump attacked McCabe on Twitter relentlessly, calling him a leaker and a “disgrace to the FBI.” McCabe was fired in 2018 by then Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who cited an internal FBI watchdog report that found McCabe leaked information to reporters and misled investigators about his actions.
McCabe claims that was a pretext to fulfill Trump's wishes.
McCabe was sacked two days before his 50th birthday, when he would have been eligible to retire from the FBI with his full pension.
The lawsuit aims to correct that, asking a judge to reinstate those lost benefits.
The lawsuit followed a similar one by former high-ranking FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was fired for sending text messages that disparaged Trump during the presidential campaign.