I recently wrote a column about the expected finding of the Inspector General that former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe misled investigators about a leak to the media. The finding raises the question of consistency in criminally charging Michael Flynn for the same alleged act. There is now a report that the IG is recommending not a criminal referral but that McCabe be terminated, even though he is literally days from retirement.
The question is whether a termination could occur in the remaining time given the process for such termination decisions. McCabe is a career officer and entitled to a process in which he may respond and contest such allegations.
The recommendation however will further raise the question of why others face prison stints while people like McCabe face employment consequences. Nevertheless, a termination would put McCabe’s pension at risk.