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Andrew McCabe, the former head of the FBI, is suing the bureau and the Justice Department for his abrupt firing last year. McCabe alleges in the suit filed Thursday that he was ousted “for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man”—President Donald Trump.

“It was Trump’s unconstitutional plan and scheme to discredit and remove DOJ and FBI employees who were deemed to be his partisan opponents because they were not politically loyal to him,” the complaint alleges. “Plaintiff’s termination was a critical element of Trump’s plan and scheme.”

McCabe goes on to charge that “Trump demanded Plaintiff’s personal allegiance, he sought retaliation when Plaintiff refused to give it, and [former Attorney General Jeff] Sessions, [FBI Director Christopher] Wray, and others served as Trump’s personal enforcers rather than the nation’s highest law enforcement officials, catering to Trump’s unlawful whims instead of honoring their oaths to uphold the Constitution.”

Wray and Attorney General William Barr are named as co-defendants in the 48-page federal suit, which describes a chaotic, rushed effort to oust McCabe before he was eligible to collect his pension—as Trump blasted him across social media.

Just days before he was fired, a Justice Department official allegedly admitted to McCabe that the agency was not following established practices and procedures in connection with the disciplinary process, saying, “We’re making it up as we go along.”

McCabe has long been one of the president’s top targets and clashed with him soon after Trump took office. Read more

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Andrew McCabe, the former head of the FBI, is suing the bureau and the Justice Department for his abrupt firing last year. McCabe alleges in the suit filed Thursday that he was ousted “for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man”—President Donald Trump.