A common trope around disgraced bureaucrat Andrew McCabe’s firing has been that he will not receive pension benefits that he would have been entitled to receive if he would have hung on at his post for just two days longer. This may technically be true, but he will still be receiving taxpayer-funded benefits despite his unceremonious dismissal.
First, Democratic representatives are already offering him work so that he can get his benefits and retire at the age of 50. While most individuals in the private sector do not retire until they are in their 60s if they are lucky, many federal bureaucrats are entitled to be able to retire early at 50 at the taxpayer’s expense.
According to the Washington Post, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) offered a post to McCabe so he could collect his early retirement benefits. He wants McCabe to work election security for him specifically “so that he can reach the needed length of service” needed to access those taxpayer-funded goodies at such a young age.
Furthermore, McCabe’s firing only impacts his ability to collect early pension payments. The idea that he is being denied from them completely is a misconception. According to an analysis published by Forbes, McCabe will still be able to draw his pension benefits from the age of 57 and 62. The report also noted that McCabe may lose his ability to draw out early pension payments entirely under 5 U.S.C. § 8412 because he was fired “for cause.”
McCabe may lose his ability to cash in on early retirement, but the taxpayer will ultimately be bankrolling his retirement one way or another. Trump’s may have disgraced McCabe by firing him in such a manner, but he will still be able to extract benefits from the public trough as he grows old.
Originally Published at Populist Brief.