Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, steps down amid criticism

30 January, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Deputy FBI Director Mc Cabe steps down report

Monday saw a victory for the Donald Trump administration and its Congressional defenders when FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepped down.

Trump's not-involvement dates back at least to May, when, according to Washington Post, he asked McCabe who he voted for in the presidential election. He is still planning to leave the bureau then, though he is stepping down as deputy director now.

Mr Trump had also hit out at Mr McCabe on Twitter after it emerged that his wife received a campaign contribution when she ran for office in Virginia in 2015 from an ally of Mrs Clinton - the then-Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe.

McCabe joined the bureau in the mid-1990s.

Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has alleged that McCabe also violated the Hatch Act by emailing about his wife's campaign from his Federal Bureau of Investigation email account.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well", Holder wrote.

McCabe played a central role in the Clinton email probe and the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.


McCabe was serving as the FBI's acting director at the time.

McCabe has also been at the center of major developments in the Russian Federation investigation.

Asked about Trump's confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who is expected to be the next to go, clearing the way for Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Sanders told reporters, "When the President no longer has confidence in someone, you'll know".

On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that "the President stands by his previous comments", adding: "The President wasn't part of this decision-making process" that led to McCabe's removal.

When asked on January 25 to confirm or deny the report, Sanders said: "The president and Andrew McCabe have had limited and pretty non-substantive conversations". Days later, CNN reported that Priebus pressured McCabe to refute the Times report. Had he been set up?

Flynn did not have a lawyer present during the interview and reportedly did not tell others in the White House about the meeting.

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