Ms Sanders also deflected questions about a report that Mr Trump asked Mr McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 election, saying the two "have had limited and pretty non-substantive conversations".
The inspector general has since last January been investigating the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the politically charged probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, which is separate from the foundation probe.
In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores in a statement said the following: "The Department follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated".
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Mr McCabe announced that he was stepping aside in January and taking a leave of absence.
"How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?"
Mr. McCabe is ensnared in an internal review that includes an examination of his decision in 2016 to allow F.B.I. officials to speak with reporters about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
The Justice Department's inspector general said that McCabe had not been forthcoming during the review, though details about what the official failed to say were not clear. A government official at the time said Mr. McCabe was merely using his retirement eligibility a few weeks early. "We have no personnel announcements at this time". McCabe declined to comment through a spokesperson.
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"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits". Horowitz's report has not yet been released.
A Justice Department representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The chat with then-Wall Street Journal reporter Devlin Barrett was evidently meant to push back on the suggestion that McCabe was in Clinton's pocket.
The FBI has said McCabe received ethics approval and was not overseeing the Clinton investigation at the time.
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The ex-president rose to political power after a successful career as chief executive of Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Samsung reportedly paid six billion won ($5.6 million) in legal fees to a U.S. law firm on the former president's behalf.