The Justice Department will restore full law enforcement benefits and partially pay the attorney fees for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by then-President Donald Trump only hours before his retirement three years ago, NPR reports.
The Justice Department demoted and then dismissed him on the eve of his 50th birthday in March 2018, when his FBI annuity would have vested.
“I think the message that you get loud and clear from the terms of the settlement is that this never should have happened,” McCabe said. “It feels like complete vindication, because that’s what it is.”
The agreement follows a scathing online campaign by the former president to tarnish McCabe, who spent 21 years in service at the bureau.
A day after McCabe’s firing, Trump tweeted that it represented “a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for democracy.”
Read the full report over at NPR.