FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down, according to reports

President Donald Trump gestures while sitting in an 18-wheeler truck while meeting with truckers and CEOs regarding healthcare on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Thursday
FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to leave his position ahead of planned retirement
Author

30 January, 2018

News is reporting that the day after FBI Director James Comey was sacked, President Donald Trump called then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to complain that Comey was able to fly home on a government plane.

McCabe went on leave from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, pending the effective date of his retirement in March, said two government officials familiar with the move. But the move is not entirely surprising given McCabe's central position in several controversies that have raised questions about political bias at the top levels of the bureau.

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.

During the call, Trump suggested that McCabe ask his wife how it feels to be a loser, in an apparent reference to her failed campaign for office, according to NBC.

Doubt it? Remember what, exactly, McCabe did that drew Trump's ire initially: His wife ran for office in Virginia.

In June, Trump tweeted, of Rosenstein: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Following news in December of his imminent retirement, Trump tweeted, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retier will full benefits".

More news: Roger Federer through to Australian Open third round

Fox News reports that FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the Capitol yesterday to view the House Intelligence Committee's memo.

McCabe has also been at the center of major developments in the Russian Federation investigation.

But Sanders said Trump stood by his criticism of McCabe and the White House had "some concerns" over McCabe's work at the bureau.

The White House was not involved in McCabe's decision, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon.

McCabe was at the center of another major development in the Russian Federation investigation.

Flynn did not have a lawyer present during the interview and reportedly did not tell others in the White House about the meeting.


More news