30 January, 2018
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe - a frequent target of US President Donald Trump's ire dating back to the 2016 presidential election - is stepping down from the job, only months before the date in March when he can retire with full pension benefits.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that the Trump administration was not involved in McCabe's departure.
Donald Trump became enraged after seeing footage of James Comey using a government-funded airplane the day after he fired the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, calling Andrew McCabe to complain about the trip-and call the former acting director's wife "a loser".
As recently as last week, Mr. McCabe had told people he hoped to stay until he was eligible to retire in mid-March.
Asked about Trump's confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who is expected to be the next to go, clearing the way for Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, Sanders told reporters, "When the President no longer has confidence in someone, you'll know". The source said McCabe was told Monday morning to step down.
A day after Trump fired Comey, he called McCabe to vent and ask why the ex-FBI director got to take a government-funded plane from Los Angeles to Washington. The White House on Monday said Trump "stands by his previous comments" about McCabe, but he "wasn't part of this decision-making process", Sanders said. "90 days to go?!"
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McCabe's wife had received campaign donations from then-Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a 2015 state Senate bid, drawing multiple Twitter attacks from the Republican president.
The FBI says McCabe followed the proper steps to avoid conflicts of interest.
He questioned how Mr McCabe could be in charge of the investigation into Mrs Clinton when his wife had received donations from "Clinton puppets".
Trump's firing of Comey in May 2017 as the FBI was investigating potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation led to the Justice Department's naming of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take over the probe.
"I don't think so. No". But Trump and the administration was "not happy" with him, the same source said.
His departure comes roughly a week after news emerged that Trump asked McCabe who he voted for during an introductory meeting in May - not long after Comey was abruptly fired.