FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s criticism who led the bureau for three months last year, is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring, people familiar with the decision said Monday.
McCabe had been widely expected to retire upon his eligibility date, but his departure from the FBI’s No. 2 slot is effective Monday, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal personnel move.
McCabe alerted FBI staff of his decision Monday. He is expected to retire with his pension benefits.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that Trump played no role in the decision-making process, characterizing it as an internal matter for the agency, but the bureau and the Justice Department have been on the receiving end of repeated public criticism from the president.
McCabe has been the subject of a series of tweets over the past months since the fall. The president has tried to taint McCabe due to his association with former colleague James Comey, the FBI director whom Trump fired in May and then accused of lying in testimony on Capitol Hill.
Two days after Comey’s firing, McCabe pushed back at a congressional hearing against White House assertions that Comey had lost the support of the FBI workforce, telling lawmakers at a hearing, “I can tell you that the majority, the vast majority of FBI employees, enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”
Source : CBC News