The person said McCabe is suspected of misleading internal investigators about a media leak, an allegation he denies.
The President has assailed donations to Mr McCabe's wife, a Democrat running for a spot in Virginia's state legislature, from a political group overseen by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally. "We have no personnel announcements at this time", Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. Previously, Trump reportedly asked McCabe to ask his wife how it felt to be a loser after learning McCabe's wife had run for office at the state level in Virginia, so it wasn't very surprising when McCabe went on leave in order to run out the clock before he could retire.
"That process includes recommendations from career employees and no termination decision is final until the conclusion of that process", she said in a statement. For more than a year, the Justice Department's inspector general has been looking into whether McCabe should have done more to shield certain investigations from potential conflicts of interest, and the inspector general's office recently completed a draft report on McCabe.
No decisions on McCabe's Federal Bureau of Investigation status has been made as of yet, according to a DOJ spokesman.
McCabe was also involved in the in investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation and is a potential witness to determine whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, the Times reported.
The Wall Street Journal story was written by Devlin Barrett, who is now a reporter at The Washington Post. Ahead of the story's publication, McCabe authorized an FBI spokesman to speak with the Wall Street Journal about efforts to keep the Clinton Foundation investigation moving forward, the source familiar with the inspector general's findings told ABC News. If the Justice Department does not move on the recommendation, conservatives might view officials there as unfairly protecting McCabe. Now, the Justice Department's inspector general found he was not forthcoming during the review, the Times reported.