>> Just two days before he was set to retire, Andrew McCabe, the former number two man in the FBI, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A frequent target of President Trump, McCabe promptly issued a statement Friday, saying he's being politically targeted, because he's a crucial witness into whether Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation.
And on Saturday, a source told Reuters that McCabe kept detailed notes of his and fired FBI Director James Comey's interactions with President Trump, memos, which will likely be of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump ousted Comey last year and acknowledged in a TV interview that he fired Comey over, quote, this Russia thing.
Shortly after midnight the president took to Twitter to praise McCabe's firing as, quote, a great day for democracy. And Comey, who has a book coming out in a month, tweeted, quote, Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.
>> I believe the proper thing for me to do would be to recuse myself from any-->> Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had supposedly recused himself from any Russia or campaign related investigations, said he felt justified in firing McCabe after the Justice Department's internal watchdog found that he leaked information to reporters about his role in probes tied to Hillary Clinton and then misled investigators about his actions.
McCabe denies those claims. He stepped down from his position as FBI deputy director in January, but remained on leave pending retirement. Trump and other Republicans have accused McCabe, a lifelong Republican who worked at the FBI for over 20 years, of political bias and conflicts in connection with his oversight of investigations related to Hilary Clinton.
McCabe's dismissal comes two days before his 50th birthday, when he would have been eligible to retire from the FBI with his full pension. His firing now puts his pension in jeopardy.