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Breaking: Andrew McCabe’s Time Has Run Out… Officially Steps Down From FBI

A top federal law enforcement official who has infuriated President Donald Trump and many of his supporters is abruptly leaving his post at the FBI.

According to NBC News, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepped down from his role as second in command at the bureau on Monday.

He will reportedly remain on the FBI’s payroll until mid-March when he becomes eligible to retire with full benefits. According to Fox News, McCabe will be using accrued vacation time until then. He will not be reporting to work at the FBI again.

McCabe, who joined the FBI in 1996 and briefly served as acting director of the bureau between the firing of former Director James Comey and confirmation of current Director Christopher Wray, had long drawn intense scrutiny from Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans for what appeared to be political bias and major conflicts of interest.

Our readers may recall that McCabe oversaw the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server after his wife had received substantial donations from friends of Clinton — notably Democrat Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — in a failed campaign to run for a state senate seat in 2015.

In recent weeks there has been speculation among the liberal media that Trump had asked rather pointed and personal questions of McCabe, such as who he voted for in the 2016 elections, and wanted him to either quit or be fired prior to his retirement.

There may be some truth to those reports, as CBS News reported that McCabe was “urged to step down” from his leadership position at the bureau.

Fox News went a step further and reported that McCabe had been “removed” from his position and placed in “terminal leave” for the time being.

Interestingly, this move involving McCabe comes on the same day that the House Intelligence Committee is expected to vote to release a memo detailing alleged abuse of surveillance programs to spy on American citizens. It is thought that McCabe is named in the memo and played a role in the abuse.

It is also worth noting that FBI Director Wray reportedly read the memo for himself on Sunday, which may have played a factor in today’s move.

According to CNN, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed the sudden departure of McCabe during the daily briefing and shot down speculation by the media that it was due to orders from President Trump.

“The president wasn’t a part of the decision-making process,” Sanders stated.

“We would refer you to the FBI, where Christopher Wray serves as the director. The president has full confidence in him and has put the decisions at the FBI in his hands.”

H/T CT

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