FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism who led the bureau for months a year ago 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. He stepped down Monday, and he will be on leave until he retires sometime in the spring.
Yet as recently as last month, Trump seized on McCabe's role in the Clinton inquiry and his wife's political bid, noting that Jill McCabe received almost $470,000 from a political action committee associated with Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Wray reportedly raised concerns about a yet-to-be-released inspector general report reviewing how the FBI handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
She says, "The president wasn't part of this decision-making process".
But Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has sued the government for records related to McCabe, said in a Twitter message, "Something must have happened to trigger his abrupt departure".
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Trump learned about the departure Monday morning, a White House official told CNN.
McCabe served as the agency's acting director this summer after Trump fired former director James Comey in May.
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.
The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper that the IG report looks into actions taken by McCabe and other bureau officials during the campaign, when the FBI was probing both Hillary Clinton and the Trump camp's ties to Russian Federation. "90 days to go?!" "I wasn't there. There are widespread reports of his retirement".
"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well", former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted Monday.