Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe took over for James Comey when President Donald Trump fired him in 2018 but was eventually fired just hours before his retirement.
In a lawsuit against the Justice Department, McCabe alleged that the firing was retaliation after improper political interference by 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.
Attorney General Bill Barr attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed in court, but lost that effort in court on Thursday. The wrongful termination suit will move forward.
JUST IN: A federal judge has *denied* AG Barr's effort to dismiss Andrew McCABE's lawsuit alleging he was fired as an act of political retaliation.
The case now moves to discovery. pic.twitter.com/sbAaQovc01
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 24, 2020