FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe quits abruptly amid Trump pressure
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was constantly accused of political bias by US President Donald Trump, has abruptly resigned, less than two months before he was supposed to retire. This comes ahead of an inspector general's report on the bureau's performance. Asserting Trump stands by his criticism of McCabe, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the WH wasn't involved in the decision.
Trump has been unhappy with McCabe since reports emerged in 2016 that his wife had run for the Virginia state Senate in 2015, but failed. Dr. Jill McCabe received at least eight contributions worth $675,300 from Democratic leaders and associates. However, it is noteworthy that these happened before he became involved with the Clinton email investigation.
Trump has attacked McCabe several times since then. In July'17, he tweeted, "Why didn't AG Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe...who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got big dollars for his wife's political run from Clinton and her representatives." After former FBI director James Comey was fired, Trump reportedly asked whom McCabe voted for in 2016, an exchange he called "disturbing."
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017
FBI Director Christopher Wray has apparently been assembling his own team. Reports say he told McCabe he won't be included. Sessions had earlier suggested removing McCabe to Wray. Incidentally, today's development comes days after Wray reportedly threatened to resign amid pressure to fire McCabe. Several top bureau officials have stepped down in recent times, including the chief of staff and general counsel.
Afterwards, Sanders told media the White House wasn't a part of the decision, and Trump wasn't behind McCabe's choice to step down. About the Russian collusion investigation, she said the administration was doing "everything we can to be transparent." For now, FBI Assistant Deputy Director David Bowdich will serve as the bureau's acting deputy director.
Special Agent Andrew McCabe stood tall over the last 8 months, when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on. He served with distinction for two decades. I wish Andy well. I also wish continued strength for the rest of the FBI. America needs you.— James Comey (@Comey) January 30, 2018