The FBI Has to enforce a zero-tolerance policy: Especially for those who would lie under oath.
It does seem harsh to fire McCabe a day before he would have collected his pension. After all, he was already removed from power for his behavior, so why now? The fact is, the FBI has to hold a zero-tolerance policy for lying under oath, among other infraction.
No one should rejoice in the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday. By all accounts, McCabe’s career over two decades of FBI service was marked with achievements.
The firing, however, was based on the recommendation of a career FBI official under current FBI Director Chris Wray and was justified because the FBI has a zero tolerance for lying under oath. In fact, there are many examples of the rank and file in the FBI losing their jobs and retirement benefits for violating these high standards.
If a different standard is applied at the most senior levels, the FBI is lost.
So while this is a sad day, the action taken demonstrates that the dedicated men and women of the FBI will accept no lower standards, regardless of your rank or status.
Make no mistake, this was not a political decision forced by President Trump or any external party. The recommendation to fire McCabe came from the FBI’s own Office of Professional Responsibility, led by FBI Assistant Director Candice Will, who has been in her position since her appointment by then-Director Robert Mueller in 2004.
In other words, this was the FBI itself recommending to the attorney general that – based on well- established precedent – one of their own should be fired for not meeting the high standards of integrity expected of an FBI employee.