McCabe, who was appointed by former FBI Director James Comey in January 2016, announced his intent earlier this year to go on "terminal leave" until he could retire and be eligible for full pension in mid-March. It also raises the prospect that McCabe could legally challenge his termination in the future.
In a blistering statement at the time, McCabe said he was being "singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey".
According to Jordan, the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility determined that McCabe lied to his superiors and investigators four times: first, to Comey in October 2016; then, to FBI investigators in May; and later, to the Office of the Inspector General twice, beginning in the summer. He said he thought he was a political target because he was a key witness in the special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into whether Trump tried to obstruct an ongoing federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
Trump has had it out for McCabe since taking office, demanding "loyalty" from him and at one point demanding to know whether he voted for him. "Director Comey's memory of these interactions was equivocal and speculative, while Mr. McCabe's recollection is clear, unequivocal and supported by documentary evidence", Bromwich continued. The report used as the basis for the firing has still not been made public.
McCabe claims, though, that Comey was in the loop.
Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., spoke with Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle", revealing new information from a Department of Justice inspector general's report that explains why the the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility recommended that McCabe be fired.
McCabe is being represented by Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general and a senior counsel at the law firm Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber.
"When asked about contacts with a reporter that were fully within my power to authorize as deputy director, and amid the chaos that surrounded me, I answered questions as completely and accurately as I could", McCabe wrote.
The discrepancy between the Comey and McCabe statements was not the only instance of McCabe's alleged lack of candor. McCabe has maintained that he later corrected earlier information he provided to investigators.