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Andrew McCabe Urged To Step Down As FBI Deputy Director

Andrew McCabe Urged To Step Down As FBI Deputy Director

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - a frequent target of US President Donald Trump's ire dating back to the 2016 presidential election - is stepping down from the job, only months before the date in March when he can retire with full pension benefits. He stepped down Monday, and he will be on leave until he retires sometime in the spring.

McCabe has been repeatedly attacked by Trump since the fall of 2016, when it was revealed that his wife had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and close Clinton ally, during a failed state Senate run.

McCabe has become a target of Republican lawmakers and the Republican president in connection with the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as U.S. secretary of state.

McCabe has for months been the subject of Trump's ire, prompting angry tweets suggesting that the Russian Federation probe is politically motivated by Democrats upset about losing the 2016 election.

He took over as acting director following Trump's May 9 firing of Comey and was among the officials interviewed for the position, which ultimately went to former Justice Department official Christopher Wray.

"The president wasn't part of this decision-making process".

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"He had enough of being undermined and criticized", this source said.

"Any specifics, I can tell you, none of this decision was made by that of the White House".

When Fox News correspondent John Roberts pressed Sanders on Trump's public comments about McCabe, which Roberts described as a "public relations campaign" against him, Sanders said the president stood by those remarks.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that after James Comey was sacked in May 2017 and McCabe assumed the director's job on an acting basis, the president asked him in a private discussion whom he had voted for in the presidential election. I can't get into the details of what was discussed.

Gaetz has scrutinized what he and other Republicans perceive to be a tilt toward Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice, and McCabe stepping down will allow the White House to select someone more attuned with Republican views on these organizations.