Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director quits

by Antonio Miles January 30, 2018, 1:22
Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director quits

Trump also reportedly summoned McCabe to his office in May, shortly after he had fired FBI Director James Comey, to ask him whom he voted for in the 2016 elections, The Washington Post reported last week.

The White House was not involved in McCabe's decision, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon.

The FBI's deputy director has stepped down from his position after Donald Trump accused him of being biased and acting in favour of his 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton.

McCabe was eligible to retire in March, but with his accumulated leave, he is able to step down earlier.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well", Holder wrote. Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was sacked, prompting Sessions to back off, Axios and The Washington Post reported. The source said McCabe was told Monday morning to step down.

Democrats have said those inquires are meant to undermine and distract from Mueller's investigation.

The money came from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee and the Virginia Democratic Party and was donated before McCabe was promoted to deputy director and assumed a supervisory role in the Clinton email investigation.

Putin, Erdogan discuss situation in Syria, including near Afrin
It blamed Western countries for blocking probes and pressuring investigators after previous chemical attacks. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Monday's presser comes just a few days after New York Times reported Trump tried to fire Mueller last June, backing down when White House counsel Don McGahn declined to do the deed and threatened to quit.

In December, Trump tweeted "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

McCabe has been lashed out at by Republican lawmakers alleging systemic bias against the president the top tier of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

His issue with McCabe stems from his wife's failed run for the Virginia state Senate in 2015.

"I don't think so. No".

Sessions communicated to FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was hand-picked by Trump and sworn in in August, that he needed a fresh start with his senior team at the FBI, a source familiar with the conversation has told CNN. "I wasn't there. There are widespread reports of his retirement".

Sanders insisted the only pressure Trump has applied in this process was meant to make sure everyone got "Russia fever out of their system" and to drive home the point "there was no collusion".


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