Publicado: Mar, Enero 30, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

The FBI's deputy director is stepping down

The FBI's deputy director is stepping down

The President learned about McCabe's departure on Monday morning, a White House official told CNN.

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions pressured FBI Director Christopher Wray to push McCabe out, and the Washington Post reported that Trump, after firing former FBI Director James Comey, asked McCabe how he voted in the 2016 election.

News first reported Monday that McCabe is going on leave from his post at the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately and is planning to officially retire in mid-March.

Republicans have questioned McCabe's ties to the Democratic Party, considering his wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015 and got financial help from a group tied to Clinton family ally Terry McAuliffe.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday (Tuesday, NZ time) the White House was not involved in McCabe's decision to leave weeks before his planned retirement.

Trump, who publicly criticized McCabe, allegedly sought to fire McCabe, but the White House never did that because Wray's resignation would have prompted media chaos.

Trump's dislike of McCabe dates back to October 2016, when news stories revealed McCabe's wife had run as a Democrat for the Virginia state legislature, aided with almost $500,000 in donations from the political action committee of then-Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, and that McCabe had gone on to oversee probes involving Clinton.

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Critics of Trump have characterized his attacks on the FBI as an effort to undermine the Russian Federation investigation - and they began weighing in on McCabe's departure just moments after news of it broke.

He had always been expected to retire from government in March, when he was eligible to receive his benefits for his years of service.

Last month, Trump gave a push to McCabe, questioning reports that he would stay in the job until the spring: "90 days to go?!"

The Justice Department's inspector general is conducting his own review into the FBI's handling of the Clinton investigation.

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe announced plans to retire in 2018. Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

The president's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. was critical of McCabe formally remaining in the bureau until March when he is eligible to receive his benefits for his years of service.

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