- Andrew McCabe served as acting FBI director after Trump fired Director James Comey
- He is now ‘stepping aside’
- Trump said he didn’t remember asking him how he voted when he met with him at the White House
- The president blasted McCabe after it was revealed then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally, steered a major campaign contribution to the FBI official’s wife
- McCabe is going on leave, NBC News reported
- He is eligible for retirement in mid-March
Andrew McCabe, the deputy director at the FBI who President Trump has ridiculed and who Republicans have charged with bias, is stepping down from his position, according to multiple reports.
McCabe has been at the center of a furious battle between the the White House and congressional Democrats over the Russia investigation, as Trump blasts the FBI as a biased organization that is out to get him and House Republicans attack the Robert Mueller investigation.
McCabe is ‘stepping aside,’ according to NBC’s report, but will be allowed to remain on the payroll until mid-March.
Trump has also fumed about political contributions that went to McCabe’s wife’s campaign.
Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is ‘stepping aside;
In December, Trump took the extraordinary step of ridiculing McCabe online, after a report that he was running out the clock on his government service amid intense pressure.
‘FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!’ wrote Trump.
The Washington Post reported that Trump met in the Oval Office with McCabe following the president’s decision to fire his predecessor, James Comey.
‘Who did you vote for in the 2016 election?,’ Trump asked him, according to the report.
“McCabe said he didn’t vote,’ officals told the paper.
Trump then vented at McCabe about hundreds of thousands of campaign contributions steered to his wife, a state Senate candidate, by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe through a PAC he controlled in 2015. McAuliffe is close to Hillary Clinton.