Andrew McCabe Steps Down at Federal Bureau of Investigation in Widely Expected Move

Emmett Rice
January 30, 2018

During her press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that President Donald Trump having any involvement in FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's decision to leave before he became eligible for retirement.

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.

An American official said Mr. McCabe made his intentions known on Monday.

Trump has accused McCabe of exerting influence on the FBI's decision not to file charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server.

But Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has sued the government for records related to McCabe, said in a Twitter message, "Something must have happened to trigger his abrupt departure".

In recent months, McCabe has been harshly criticised by congressional Republicans who challenge the FBI's rationale for opening the Russian Federation probe back in July 2016.

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Sanders reiterated the White House's claim that the president had "full confidence" in FBI Director Christopher Wray, who reportedly threatened to resign past year if Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe. In December, Trump tweeted "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

McCabe served as the agency's acting director this summer after Trump fired former director James Comey in May. "90 days to go?!" he added.

In recent weeks, Trump has taken aim at McCabe, whose office first arranged the FBI's interview with then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. "I would say a man who is more or less in charge of her, the wife got $500,000 from Terry".

Former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted Monday that McCabe "is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well".

Gaetz has scrutinized what he and other Republicans perceive to be a tilt toward Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice, and McCabe stepping down will allow the White House to select someone more attuned with Republican views on these organizations.

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