13:58, January 29 236 0 abajournal.com

2018-01-29 13:58:05
Deputy FBI director McCabe, a target of Trump’s criticism, is reportedly stepping down immediately

Deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, a target of repeated criticism by President Donald Trump, is reportedly stepping down from his post immediately.

Several publications have reports on the move that are based on anonymous sources. They include the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, USA Today and Politico.

A senior official told USA Today that McCabe abruptly announced his resignation Monday. McCabe will remain as an employee until he is eligible for full retirement in March.

A report last week said Trump had asked McCabe how he voted in the 2016 election in a conversation held soon after the May firing of James Comey. McCabe became acting FBI director after Comey’s firing.

During the same conversation, Trump reportedly expressed anger about hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations received by McCabe’s wife from a political action committee linked to an ally of Hillary Clinton. McCabe’s wife, a Democrat, received the money in an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate.

When he was deputy director, following his wife’s election loss, McCabe had worked on investigations into Clinton’s use of a private email server and into donations made to the Clinton Foundation.

Trump tweeted about McCabe’s work in December. “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?” he wrote.