Top FBI official Andrew McCabe has been “Removed” from his post as deputy director, Fox News is told, leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump.
McCabe has long been a controversial figure at the bureau.
Trump himself tweeted in December: “How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?”.
“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well,” tweeted former Attorney General Eric Holder, who worked in the Obama administration and has become a frequent Trump critic.
McCabe’s exit follows recent news of other changes in top FBI roles, as Trump has taken aim at other senior FBI officials who worked under the former director, James Comey.
FBI DIRECTOR REPLACES COMEY-ERA CHIEF OF STAFF. FBI Director Christopher Wray said last week that his chief of staff, James Rybicki, was leaving the bureau.
The Daily Beast reported that a GOP memo alleging government surveillance abuse named McCabe, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and ex-FBI boss James Comey.
“FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits,” Trump tweeted.
The Washington Post last week reported that Trump, during an Oval Office meeting last spring, pressed McCabe, who was then acting FBI director, about whom he voted for in the 2016 election.