White House Says McCabe Exit 'Not Its Fault'

Posted January 30, 2018

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has reportedly stepped down as the agency's second in command, a source familiar with the matter has said. A second source described McCabe's departure as being "removed". McCabe's resignation was the right choice, and a step in the right direction.

Trump in December referred to the FBI's reputation as being in "tatters", and has also publicly criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, a move that paved the way for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Mueller after Comey's firing.

McCabe ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation on an interim basis from Comey's firing in early May to when incumbent Christopher Wray took over last August. He was a close ally to ex-Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last May.

McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, received campaign donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clintons, when she ran for a state senate seat in 2015 as a Democrat, but Andrew McCabe did not become deputy director until after she was defeated.

Mr McCabe was criticised by US President Donald Trump for alleged bias against him and in favour of his 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. McCabe's role is among those under scrutiny.

In one text exchange from August 15, 2016, Strzok referred to a meeting that had occurred that day in McCabe's office. I can't get into the details of what was discussed. "It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40".

The US leader has repeatedly called the allegations "fake news" and claimed the FBI was biased in pursuing the investigation. As recently as last week, Mr. McCabe had told people he hoped to stay until he was eligible to retire in mid-March.

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The Deputy Director has been a lightning-rod for Republicans since his appointment to the bureau. Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Special prosecutor and former FBI director Robert Mueller is now in charge of leading the investigation. McCabe's exit follows WaPo's report by one week.

The leak of the Post story suggested that the rift between the White House and McCabe had reached an untenable position.

McCabe joined the bureau in the mid-1990s.

As news of the surprise resignation broke on Monday, Eric Holder, the United States attorney general under Barack Obama, tweeted his support for McCabe.

Sanders says the White House has "some concerns" over McCabe's work at the bureau.

However, she said the U.S. leader stood by his criticism of Mr McCabe. Had he been set up? Members of the Florida Congressional Delegation have been among the staunchest Trump White House defenders, and the first to respond was Pensacola Rep. Matt Gaetz.