FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has “stepped down effective today,” reports NBC News.
— Dr. Krystal L. Clemons (@DrKLClemons) January 29, 2018
“McCabe, who served a brief stint as acting director of the bureau, was already expected to leave. He will stay on “terminal leave” until he is eligible to retire with benefits in March,” reports CNBC.
One source familiar said McCabe was exercising his retirement eligibility and characterized his decision as “stepping aside.”
McCabe has been at the center of ongoing tensions between the White House and the FBI and has reportedly been under pressure to quit from President Donald Trump, whose campaign is being investigated for possible collusion with Russia.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that after Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey, he met with McCabe in the Oval Office and asked him whom he voted for in the 2016 election. […]
Trump was asked on Monday whether he knew McCabe was stepping aside and the president did not answer.
President Trump does not respond when asked at a UN Security Council lunch about Deputy FBI Director McCabe's decision to step down. pic.twitter.com/c7SUUi4CQv
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 29, 2018
Last week, the Daily Beast reported former FBI Director James Comey, bureau Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are officially named in the “shocking” FISA abuse memo.
According to the Washington Post, McCabe intended to resign from the FBI once he was eligible for full pension benefits in March.