CBS News has learned a former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI was fired after he refused to sign a document that says agents should only be fired for wrongdoing, according to an insider who was in contact with him.
The insider, who requested anonymity because the agent was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, said the agent told the agent he was fired because he was unwilling to sign the document.
The agent said he was given a deadline of the next day and asked to sign it by that time.
Instead, the agent went to the FBI headquarters in Atlanta, where he was told he could not sign the statement, the source said.
The agent then called the FBI office in Phoenix and made a formal complaint to the local FBI headquarters, which then launched an investigation.
At the Phoenix FBI office, an FBI spokesperson confirmed the agency is investigating the agent’s firing, and the office is taking the complaint seriously.