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WASHINGTON (AP) – Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has recovered his full pension as part of a lawsuit settlement resulting from his dismissal under the Trump administration more than three years ago, have announced Thursday his lawyers.

McCabe, a frequent target of the wrath of then-President Donald Trump, was fired in March 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the Justice Department’s Inspector General determined that ‘he had misled internal investigators about his involvement in a media leak. The dismissal came hours before he retired, denying him his pension.

McCabe has denied intentionally cheating on anyone, has never been charged with criminal charges, and called his dismissal politically motivated.

He sued in 2019, claiming his dismissal was part of a Trump effort to purge the FBI of officials he considered disloyal. McCabe became acting director of the FBI after Trump sacked James Comey, who was leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

As part of the lawsuit, the federal government agreed to overturn and reverse McCabe’s dismissal, treat him as having retired in good standing, and restore his full retirement pension.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

“Politics should never play a role in the fair administration of justice and decisions of public service personnel,” McCabe said in a statement. He added that he hopes “this result encourages the men and women of the FBI to continue to protect the American people by standing up for the truth and doing their jobs without fear of political reprisal.”