Andrew McCabe, FBI deputy director, steps down amid criticism

News is reporting that the day after FBI Director James Comey was sacked, President Donald Trump called then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to complain that Comey was able to fly home on a government plane.

In December, he tweeted that McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

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

McCabe has been expected to leave the bureau for weeks, but the abrupt Monday afternoon resignation stunned FBI officials and came just days after his boss, Director Christopher Wray, suggested demoting him over an upcoming inspector general report, two people with knowledge of the matter told the New York Times.

"The president wasn't part of this decision-making process and we would refer you to the Federal Bureau of Investigation where Christopher Wray serves as the director", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday. Trump dismissed the report as "Fake News".

He has pushed for investigations into why Clinton wasn't charged on her decision to use a private email server as well as the sale of a uranium company to the Russians while she was Secretary of State.

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McCabe, who assumed his position as deputy director in 2016 and had planned to retire this spring, has come under fire from the United States president in recent weeks. Instead, Mr. McCabe made his intentions known to colleagues on Monday, an American official said, and will immediately go on leave.

Here's Trump's thinking on McCabe: Wife is a Democrat - McAuliffe donated to her - McAuliffe is close to the Clintons - McCabe is in the pocket of the Clintons.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "The President wasn't part of this decision-making process".

Special prosecutor and former FBI director Robert Mueller is now in charge of leading the investigation. 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.

Michael Flynn, then the National Security adviser gave a false story about his calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition.

  • Adam Floyd