An­other of Trump’s FBI tar­gets goes

NewsMail - - NEWS - Bob Fred­er­icks New York Post

FBI Deputy Di­rec­tor An­drew McCabe, one of Don­ald Trump’s top tar­gets in his run­ning feud with the bureau, has stepped down – un­der pres­sure from Di­rec­tor Christo­pher Wray, ac­cord­ing to a re­port.

De­spite the US Pres­i­dent’s con­stant crit­i­cism of Mr McCabe, the White House in­sisted Mr Trump played no role in the de­par­ture.

Mr McCabe was ex­pected to re­tire later this year.

In­stead, his sud­den exit came af­ter Mr Wray ex­pressed con­cern about an up­com­ing in­spec­tor gen­eral’s re­port on the per­for­mance of Mr McCabe and other se­nior FBI of­fi­cials dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, when the feds were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails and Team Trump’s ties to Rus­sia, The

New York Times re­ported. Mr Wray of­fered Mr McCabe, 49, a trans­fer the vet­eran FBI man saw as a de­mo­tion, so he de­cided to pack it in. But he’ll re­main on the pay­roll us­ing ac­crued time off un­til mid-March.

Mr Trump made no se­cret of his dis­like and mis­trust of Mr McCabe, be­liev­ing he was too tight with former FBI di­rec­tor James Comey.

Af­ter Mr Trump fired Mr Comey in May last year, the Pres­i­dent was en­raged when he saw on TV that Mr Comey was re­turn­ing to the cap­i­tal from Cal­i­for­nia on an FBI plane, and phoned Mr McCabe de­mand­ing to know who ap­proved it, NBC News re­ported, cit­ing sources.

Mr McCabe told him he didn’t au­tho­rise the flight, but would have if asked.

Mr Trump then sug­gested Mr McCabe call his wife and ask her how it felt to be a loser – a ref­er­ence to her failed bid for a Vir­ginia state Se­nate seat in 2015.

Mr McCabe replied “OK, sir”, and Mr Trump hung up on him, NBC News re­ported.

The Pres­i­dent had also tar­geted Mr McCabe over the spe­cial coun­sel’s on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble Rus­sian col­lu­sion with the Trump pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, and fur­ther crit­i­cised him be­cause his wife ac­cepted a do­na­tion con­nected to a long-time ally of the Clin­tons.

“How can FBI Deputy Di­rec­tor An­drew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hil­lary Clin­ton in­ves­ti­ga­tion ... be given $700,000 for wife’s cam­paign by Clin­ton Pup­pets dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion?” the Pres­i­dent tweeted on De­cem­ber 23.

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