Andrew McCabe- the top FBI official by fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions hours before his planned retirement- is now soliciting gifts online for his legal defense fund.
“The support for Andrew # McCabe has been overwhelming, humbling& deep appreciated, ” Melissa Schwartz, a spokesperson for McCabe, tweeted Thursday. “Unfortunately, the need for a legal defense money is a growing reality.”
Schwartz linked to a GoFundMe account sponsored by “Friends of Andrew McCabe” that displays a photo of McCabe and his family. It says it has a goal of $150,000.
The site on Thursday afternoon proved hundreds of people donating between$ 5 and $1,000 each, totaling at only around $27,000.
Sessions fired McCabe earlier this month after the DOJ’s inspector general ascertained McCabe was not truthful during his review of the Clinton email investigation and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility recommended his firing.
But McCabe has defended his actions, and the GoFundMe description says McCabe’s FBI career was “long, distinguished, and unblemished.”
“His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst recurred ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States, ” it reads.
It tells a legal defense fund is needed because he will likely have to respond to congressional investigations, as well as the Department of Justice’s Inspector General Investigation and “any potential lawsuits he might consider.”
McCabe’s legal team is being led by former Department of Justice Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich.
McCabe was fired just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension, meaning those benefits could now be in jeopardy. But the GoFundMe page said he is not use the money to replace those benefits.
“He will continue to fight for the pension and benefits he deserves, rather than accept any crowdfunding for that intent, ” it says.
Fox News’ Garrett Tenney contributed to this report .
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