White House On McCabe Stepping Down: Trump 'Wasn't Part Of The Decision'

30 January, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Deputy FBI Director McCabe, a Trump target, steps down

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring.

Wray raised concerns about an impending inspector general report about the actions of FBI officials when the bureau was investigating both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, the report said.

According to NBC, McCabe is on leave and will remain on the FBI's payroll until he is eligible for retirement with full benefits in mid-March.

Asked about Trump's confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who is expected to be the next to go, clearing the way for Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Sanders told reporters, "When the President no longer has confidence in someone, you'll know".

His role began in February 2016, following his appointment as deputy director and three months after his wife, Jill McCabe, lost her bid for a state Senate seat.

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.

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The president was silent for a moment and then turned on McCabe, suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser - an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia that McCabe's wife made in 2015.

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".

Trump maintains there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and has blasted the investigation as a "witch hunt".

Trump asked in a December tweet that how McCabe could lead the Clinton probe when his wife got donations from "Clinton Puppets". "90 days to go?!"

Trump and his Republican allies had made it clear that they wanted McCabe out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But McCabe is a civil service employee who can not be fired without clear evidence of wrongdoing. These donations all occurred before McCabe took over as deputy director of the FBI and before he would have had any oversight into the Clinton email investigation.

Strzok and Page used words like "idiot" and "loathsome human" to describe Trump during the campaign.

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