Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe stepping down

Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe stepping down

"The president wasn't part of this decision-making process and we would refer you to the Federal Bureau of Investigation where Christopher Wray serves as the director", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.

The news follows reports last week that President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressured FBI Director Chris Wray to fire McCabe.

As expected he will take accumulated leave and remain on the payroll until March when he is eligible to retire with full benefits.

McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, received campaign donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clintons, when she ran for a state senate seat in 2015 as a Democrat, but Andrew McCabe did not become deputy director until after she was defeated.

McCabe ran the bureau for several months after Trump fired Comey last May, and he notably refused to go along with Trump's assertions that the rank and file in the FBI had lost faith in the former director.

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

Trump has been publicly pressuring McCabe for months and has claimed that McCabe has an anti-Trump bias.

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Sanders says the White House has "some concerns" over McCabe's work at the bureau. The Post reported that McCabe told Trump he did not vote in the election.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper that the IG report looks into actions taken by McCabe and other bureau officials during the campaign, when the FBI was probing both Hillary Clinton and the Trump camp's ties to Russian Federation.

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.

A day after Trump fired Comey, he called McCabe to vent and ask why the ex-FBI director got to take a government-funded plane from Los Angeles to Washington.

Mrs Clinton was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in her misuse of a personal email server while serving as secretary of state.

Instead, the former official said, Mr. McCabe chose to leave.

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

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