Andrew McCabe stepping down as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director

Jan 30, 2018, 01:23
Andrew McCabe stepping down as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director

Andrew McCabe, the FBI deputy director who has been a target for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans as the agency continues its Russian Federation investigation, has resigned.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "The President wasn't part of this decision-making process".

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - who's been under harsh scrutiny from President Trump for months - stepped down Monday after his superior proposed to demote him, according to a report.

McCabe was expected to resign in March when he was eligible for retirement and full benefits.

Sanders also said Trump continues to have "full confidence" in FBI Director Christopher Wray, who the president appointed to replace Comey.

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McCabe was serving as the FBI's acting director at the time.

Various sources described McCabe's departure as a mutual decision, while others said it was the result of pressure to step down.

Monday's presser comes just a few days after New York Times reported Trump tried to fire Mueller last June, backing down when White House counsel Don McGahn declined to do the deed and threatened to quit.

David Bowdich, a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation official who led the agency's response to the San Bernadino terrorist attack, is expected to serve as the next deputy director, according to people familiar with the plans.

The story, which came out during the 2016 campaign, colored Trump's view of McCabe and led him, according to The Washington Post, to ask McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 election. The Post reported that McCabe told Trump he did not vote in the election.

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Sessions communicated to FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was hand-picked by Trump and sworn in in August, that he needed a fresh start with his senior team at the FBI, a source familiar with the conversation has told CNN.

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.

"I would say a man who is more or less in charge of her, the wife got $500,000 from Terry".

His issue with McCabe stems from his wife's failed run for the Virginia state Senate in 2015.

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