FBI Deputy Director McCabe reportedly steps down early

Peter Castro
January 30, 2018

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - a frequent target of US President Donald Trump's ire dating back to the 2016 presidential election - is stepping down from the job, only months before the date in March when he can retire with full pension benefits.

McCabe had been widely expected to retire upon his eligibility date, but his departure from the FBI's No. 2 slot is effective Monday, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal personnel move.

Sanders said Monday that the president stands by previous comments regarding McCabe and that the White House has "some concerns" over his work at the bureau.

Sanders reiterated the White House's claim that the president had "full confidence" in FBI Director Christopher Wray, who reportedly threatened to resign previous year if Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe.

McCabe had become a central target of President Donald Trump's ire toward the FBI over its involvement in the investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

McCabe has become a target of Republican lawmakers and the Republican president in connection with the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as U.S. secretary of state.

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She asked him to stop, which he did and then drove her home. "Within our work, we're just not surprised anymore by allegations". But she recalls being told that she should be baking cookies, or told that she shouldn't be in politics because she's a mother.

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.

In recent weeks, McCabe has been questioned by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well", former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted Monday.

McCabe served as the agency's acting director this summer after Trump fired former director James Comey in May.

"He was the star of my speeches", Trump said, referring to McCabe. "Bogus attacks on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ to distract attention from a legitimate criminal inquiry does long term, unnecessary damage to these foundations of our government".

"The president was not part of this decision-making process", she said.

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