McCabe Stepped Down Amid Pressure From Wray

Deputy FBI Director Mc Cabe steps down report

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism who led the bureau for months past year after the firing of James Comey, is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring, people familiar with the decision said Monday.

McCabe was expected to resign in March when he was eligible for retirement and full benefits. The departure plan had been in the works for a while.

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.

Sanders insisted the only pressure Trump has applied in this process was meant to make sure everyone got "Russia fever out of their system" and to drive home the point "there was no collusion".

But that has not stopped Trump from repeatedly insinuating that McCabe, and other Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, are partisan law enforcement officials harboring a bias against him.




When asked about Mr McCabe's departure, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters: "I can tell you the president wasn't part of this decision-making process". "90 days to go?!"

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

The Republican president later said he dismissed Comey over "this Russia thing", and the firing has become central to questions about whether Trump has sought to obstruct justice by impeding the Russian probe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over after Comey's ouster. Later that day, The Washington Post reported that during a meeting in the Oval Office Trump once asked McCabe how he voted.

Republicans have noted that McCabe's wife previously ran for a seat in Virginia's state Senate and received donations from then-Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary and Bill Clinton, the former president. It also comes as reports surfaced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had pressured Wray to rework his senior leadership team.

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