FBI Deputy Director McCabe stepping down

Laura Christensen
January 30, 2018

Trump, during a briefing with reporters earlier this month, denied asking that question, but went on to slam McCabe, who briefly served as Trump's acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director after Trump fired James Comey in May.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who has been a target of unrelenting criticism from President Trump, abruptly announced his resignation Monday, according to a senior government official who was not authorized to comment publicly on personnel matters.

President Donald Trump did not answer a reporter's question at the White House about McCabe's departure.

McCabe oversaw the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that after James Comey was sacked in May 2017 and McCabe assumed the director's job on an acting basis, the president asked him in a private discussion whom he had voted for in the presidential election.

McCabe has received blistering criticism from Donald Trump, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president had no part in McCabe's abrupt departure.

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Trump's dislike of McCabe dates back to October 2016, when news stories revealed McCabe's wife had run as a Democrat for the Virginia state legislature, aided with almost $500,000 in donations from the political action committee of then-Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, and that McCabe had gone on to oversee probes involving Clinton. By that time, his wife's campaign was over and his involvement was not seen as a conflict.

There had been speculation that McCabe would step down in March, once he was eligible to receive full retirement benefits. The FBI has said McCabe received the necessary ethics approval before his wife received the donations.

The Deputy Director has served at the Bureau since 1996, working under former directors Robert Mueller and James Comey.

A handful of Republican-led congressional committees have launched inquiries into whether the FBI botched the Clinton investigation and showed bias in her favor. In December, McCabe was grilled behind closed doors by lawmakers on some of those panels for hours.

The Justice Department's inspector general is still conducting his own review into the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation. McCabe's role is among those under scrutiny.

Strzok and Page used words like "idiot" and "loathsome human" to describe Trump during the campaign.

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