FBI Deputy Director McCabe stepping down

Jan 30, 2018, 01:23
FBI Deputy Director McCabe stepping down

McCabe was a holdover from the tenure of former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who has been a target of unrelenting criticism from President Trump, abruptly announced his resignation Monday, according to a senior government official who was not authorized to comment publicly on personnel matters.

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.

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

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.

The FBI's deputy director has stepped down from his position after Donald Trump accused him of being biased and acting in favour of his 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton.

Trump and some other Republicans have been stepping up their criticism of the FBI in a move that Democrats call part of a broader effort by Trump's party to undermine Mueller's investigation. By that time, his wife's campaign was over and his involvement was not seen as a conflict.

McCabe, who will stay on the Federal Bureau of Investigation payroll through March so he can get his pension, made a decision to resign when news of the potential demotion reached him, sources said.

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.

The US leader has repeatedly called the allegations "fake news" and claimed the FBI was biased in pursuing the investigation.

A handful of Republican-led congressional committees have launched inquiries into whether the FBI botched the Clinton investigation and showed bias in her favor.

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

Republicans have seized on text messages exchanged between the two as evidence of bias. Page left the investigatory team after her 45-day detail ended in July.

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