Andrew McCabe resigns as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who abruptly stepped down on Monday, told friends that he felt pressure to leave from the bureau's Director Christopher Wray, The New York Times reported. After Wray suggested putting McCabe into another job, which would have been a demotion, the FBI's No. 2 official chose to leave, according to the Times.

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

A Duke University-educated lawyer, McCabe joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1996 and worked on organized crime in NY.

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.

McCabe was expected to resign in March when he was eligible for retirement and full benefits. The president and some congressional Republicans accused him of bias.

McCabe served as the agency's acting director this summer after Trump fired former director James Comey in May.

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In tweets and in private, Trump fumed that McCabe was partial to Hillary Clinton because of campaign donations his wife received from Clinton allies during an unsuccessful Virginia state senate run in 2015.

Trump has taken to Twitter to blast McCabe, asking how he could be in charge of the Clinton probe when his wife got donations from "Clinton Puppets".

The inspector general is also looking into whether Comey made improper decisions, including his decision to announce the FBI would not recommend charges and his subsequent decision to publicly announce he was re-opening the investigation just 11 days before the 2016 election, after new emails were discovered.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that after James Comey was sacked in May 2017 and McCabe assumed the director's job on an acting basis, the president asked him in a private discussion whom he had voted for in the presidential election. The Wall Street Journal reported in October 2016 that McAuliffe's political organization gave almost $500,000 to Jill McCabe's campaign for state Senate. According to the report, McCabe replied, "okay, sir", prompting Trump to hang up the phone.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House played no role in his resignation.

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".

  • Megan Austin