FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is leaving the bureau, multiple outlets reported Monday.
President Donald Trump, who has criticized McCabe in recent months, ignored questions shouted at him about the report during a lunch with United Nations Security Council ambassadors, a Bloomberg reporter said on Twitter.
During the meeting, Trump reportedly made pointed remarks about McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, who ran as a Democratic candidate for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015. Her campaign received $675,000 in donations from the Virginia Democratic Party and a super PAC operated by Terry McAuliffe, the former governor who is a close friend of Hillary Clinton.
Months after that election, Andrew McCabe became the FBI deputy director. He later helped lead two investigations related to Clinton, including into her use of a private email server as secretary of state, though he later recused himself from those. Trump has latched onto this to falsely claim that McCabe was investigating Clinton while his wife was accepting campaign donations linked to her.
Also last week, the news website Axios, citing three sources, reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign after he was pressured by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire McCabe.
That report followed news of Sessions’ pressure on Wray to oust both McCabe and James Baker, a former general counsel.
Trump has for months taken aim at McCabe on Twitter.
Last month, Trump, apparently quoting a Fox News segment, tweeted: “FBI’s Andrew McCabe, ‘in addition to his wife getting all of this money from M (Clinton Puppet), he was using, allegedly, his FBI Official Email Account to promote her campaign. You obviously cannot do this. These were the people who were investigating Hillary Clinton.'”
Earlier, he went after McCabe and “leakin’ James Comey.”
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” Trump tweeted.
The McCabe removal comes after Wray viewed the memo Sunday on Capitol Hill, as reported by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge. The removal also comes ahead of a DOJ inspector general report regarding the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
Several Republicans also want to know what McCabe knew about anti-Trump text messages between two bureau officials, including one that seemed to reference an “insurance policy” against Trump winning the 2016 election.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Peter Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Some lawmakers think “Andy” was a reference to McCabe.
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