FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly steps down earlier than his planned departure in March. CBS News reports that there is competing narrative between the Justice Department saying that he was “told to go” and the FBI stating that it was his decision.
Although McCabe is stepping down today, his official end date will remain on March 18th when he turns 50 and completed 20years on the job, making him eligible to receive his pension.
After FBI Director James Comes was fired last May, McCabe as the deputy director took interim charge as the FBI. McCabe has been under intense pressure from the Trump WhiteHouse for his part in leading the TrumpRussia investigation.
James Comey has weighed in on news of the resignation and praises McCabe for his service.
Ivanka Trump has denied reports that she is heading a search to replace WhiteHouse Chief of Staff John Kelly. The first daughter and rumored “real wife” according to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, has responded back that she normally does not respond back but felt compelled to dismiss the reporting as FakeNews.
When reporters asked Donald Trump, in Davos, on the latest NewYorkTimes story that he tried to fire Special Counsel Bob Mueller last June, Trump responded back “Fake news, folks. Fake news”.
03.2017: AG Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation.
05.2017: FBI Director James Comey abruptly fired while talking to federal agents in L.A.
05.2017: Former FBI Director Robert Mueller hired on as Special Counsel.
08.2017: Christopher Wray appointed as the new FBI Director.
12.2017: FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe announces plans to retire in March 2018.
12.2017: FBI General Counsel James Baker gets re-assigned within the Bureau.
WhiteHouse counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign and warned that firing Mueller
would have catastrophic effects.
Don McGahn already is facing scrutiny on his involvement in firing Comey.
Trump tried to argue that Mueller had 3 conflicts of interest that would disqualify him:
- Had a fees dispute at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA.
- Impartiality from previous work at a law firm that represented Jared Kushner.
- Already interviewed to return as FBI Director before becoming Special Counsel.
Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, tried to dig up a conflict-of-interest case
against Mueller and news later leaked that Mueller’s prosecutors donated to Democrats.
Trump supporters believe that Mueller assembled a team of Democrats to oust Trump.
Another option that Trump and his team considered was to dismiss Deputy Attorney
General Rod Rosenstein and elevate Rachel Bland to oversee the Mueller investigation.