Andrew McCabe stepping down as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director

FBI deputy director steps down amid Trump criticism

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], January 29: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down from the post, reported The Hill.

Asked about McCabe's departure, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, "I can tell you the president wasn't part of this decision-making process".

Donald Trump became enraged after seeing footage of James Comey using a government-funded airplane the day after he fired the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, calling Andrew McCabe to complain about the trip-and call the former acting director's wife "a loser".

He was eligible to retire in March, but with his accumulated leave, he was able to step down earlier.

Trump reportedly met with McCabe at the Oval Office after the firing of FBI Director James Comey last May, and asked him whom he voted for in 2016. Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was sacked, prompting Sessions to back off, Axios and The Washington Post reported.

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.

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.

The Republican president later said he dismissed Comey over "this Russia thing", and the firing has become central to questions about whether Trump has sought to obstruct justice by impeding the Russian probe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over after Comey's ouster.

A day after Trump fired Comey, he called McCabe to vent and ask why the ex-FBI director got to take a government-funded plane from Los Angeles to Washington. In December, Trump tweeted "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits". But as a civil service employee, McCabe could not be fired without clear evidence of wrongdoing.

His issue with McCabe stems from his wife's failed run for the Virginia state Senate in 2015.

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

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