McCabe was ousted in 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who cited a report by the FBI’s inspector general that found McCabe without authority gave information to a news outlet and lied about the leak.
The president on Wednesday congratulated Attorney General William Barr for “taking charge” of the Stone case, which he dubbed “totally out of control” in a Wednesday tweet.
Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
McCabe sued the Justice Department and FBI in August 2019, arguing that his termination was a politically motivated move stemming from Trump’s attacks against him and other Justice officials. The 51-year-old was hired as a CNN contributor a few weeks later.
CNN has signed several former intelligence officials in recent years, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, who both served during the Obama administration. Other hires include former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).