FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe steps down under pressure

White House Pretends Donald Trump Doesn't Tweet, Insists POTUS Not Part Of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe Exit

He is now on leave but will formally retire in March, according to CBS News.

The FBI is still coming under scrutiny, as some of the newly found text messages between two FBI officials have been released, and they show that the agents were apprehensive about going after Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump did not answer a reporter's question at the White House about McCabe's departure.

Per the Pensacola News-Journal, the "headquarter special" was an indication that "the normal processes at the Washington field office weren't followed and he had a very small group of people that had a pro-Hillary Clinton bias who had a direct role in changing the outcome of that investigation from one that likely should have been criminal to one where she was able to walk".

Mr. McCabe was the acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director for a short while after the president fired the current chief James Comey.

Mr Trump had reportedly asked Mr McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to current and former officials in the report.

Trump has also said McCabe is "racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

McCabe stepped down Monday from his post as the bureau's No. 2 official.

Fox News reports that FBI Director Christopher Wray went to the Capitol yesterday to view the House Intelligence Committee's memo. The Post reported that McCabe told Trump he did not vote in the election.

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. Trump also reportedly berated McCabe over the political donations his wife received from McAuliffe.

Republicans have criticized McCabe in connection with the FBI's investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as US secretary of state.

During that reported phone call, the president allegedly turned on Mr McCabe and told him to ask his wife "how it feels to be a loser", referencing her campaign loss, according to NBC News.

Still, Trump and some Republican lawmakers have used that information to decry the Russian Federation investigation as a Democratic-led effort to undermine the president.

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