Deputy FBI Director McCabe, a Trump target, steps down

Deputy FBI Director McCabe, a Trump target, steps down

Deputy FBI Director McCabe, a Trump target, steps down

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down early from his post as Deputy Director, an official United States President Donald Trump accused of political bias. As recently as last week, Mr. McCabe had told people he hoped to stay until he was eligible to retire in mid-March.

McCabe, slated to step down in March, has been said to be using accumulated leave.

As The Federalist noted on Monday, Fox News media reporter Howard Kurtz writes in a new book that McCabe prompted a conversation with then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus about a New York Times report from February 14 asserting that Trump associates had "repeated" contacts with Russian operatives. McCabe told Trump he would have approved Comey's flight, but said he was not asked beforehand. Trump has also acknowledged that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in his firing of Comey.

McCabe investigated Clinton's use of a private email server. Trump tweeted. He has highlighted the fact that McCabe's wife, a Democrat, ran a losing campaign for the state Senate in Virginia and received contributions with help from Hillary Clinton allies, or what he termed "Clinton puppets". McCabe exited the FBI building around noon on Monday after more than 20 years with the bureau.

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During a dinner at the White House on January 27, 2017, Trump asked for a pledge of "loyalty" from James Comey, then the F.B.I. director, who was overseeing the investigation of the Trump campaign.

McCabe, who assumed his position as deputy director in 2016 and had planned to retire this spring, has come under fire from the USA president in recent weeks.

Comey's firing is of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating whether Trump broke the law by firing Comey amid the ongoing Russian Federation probe. "You know, I think what this illustrates is it's just another kind of data point into what this was like for McCabe serving under President Trump".

After McCabe volunteered that assessment, Priebus says he asked McCabe whether he would be able to make a similar statement to the public.

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