McCabe has repeatedly denied deception. He was not charged and said his release was politically motivated. In an interview with CNN on Thursday evening, he said again: “I have never misled anyone”.
“This was clearly an act of justification against an alleged political enemy,” said McCabe, adding that the current DOJ “stands for fairness and the rule of law.”
“In the settlement agreement itself, they agree that members of the executive branch should not interfere in internal personnel matters because it gives the appearance of political influence,” he said.
In addition to restoring his full retirement pension, the federal government also agreed to overturn and evict his firing. McCabe has now officially retired in good standing.
The former FBI deputy director said Thursday he was shocked that the trial took 20 months to produce Thursday’s results. He said inspectors-general regularly forward reports to prosecutors and often resolve disputes within days or weeks.
“It went on for 20 months. Personally, I think it was necessary,” said McCabe. “It was necessary for the Justice Department to continue this vengeful criminal prosecution to confirm what they did to my release. It took an effort to keep the story straight to keep that myth going. It was incredibly devastating. ”
McCabe did not mince words when it came to talking about the toll the lawsuit has taken on his family.
“I can’t tell you how it was. What all this vengeance did to my wife. My children. My parents,” he said. “I mean, knowing that essentially you have a target on your back from the most powerful person in the world. … It was like an upside down world. ”
And McCabe doesn’t think he saw the end.
“I do not feel free. I do not fool myself into thinking that the president will put aside his horrific judgment, constant lies, and torment of me and my family,” he said. “I’m sure that will just add another log to the fire. He’ll probably say all sorts of things about it tomorrow. But, you know what? I’m at the point where I don’t care what the guy has to say. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.