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The Justice Department could fire ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just days ahead of his Sunday retirement - possibly putting his federal pension in jeopardy.

Horowitz's report has not been released, and McCabe denies having misled anyone, a person familiar with the case said. President Donald Trump has gone after McCabe publicly several times, calling him a "Comey friend" who "got $700,000 from H [illary Clinton] for wife ['s political campaign]"!

A Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated". Though Trump has criticized McCabe as biased against him, the story in question actually undercut that narrative and suggested that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials wanted to more actively probe the Clinton Foundation but were discouraged from more aggressive steps by the Obama Justice Department.

The inspector general faulted McCabe for his decision to allow officials to speak with reporters about the bureau's investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Among Mr. McCabe's allies, the decision would raise the specter that Mr. Sessions was influenced by Mr. Trump's frequent derisive comments. A representative of the inspector general's office declined to comment when reached by HuffPost this week, and the office has generally been tight-lipped about the forthcoming reports.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits", Trump tweeted in December.

The disciplinary process is continuing at the highest levels of the Justice Department, and no decision has been made on the discipline McCabe will face.

At the time of her campaign, McCabe had no oversight of any Clinton investigation and recused himself from investigations relating to Virginia politics. "We have no personnel announcements at this time", spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said.

"The situation now seems fraught for all involved", the Post reported.

The story presented McCabe as a complicated figure - one who lower level officials felt was stymieing their work, even though it detailed McCabe pushing back against Justice Department officials so the case could move forward.

McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, received hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in 2015 from a political committee controlled by then-Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of the Clintons.