Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is reportedly stepping down from his top post at the FBI following months of scandals and controversies regarding his role in the bureau’s investigation into President Trump’s relationship with Russian officials, reports Fox News.
Inside sources confirmed McCabe’s plans to take “terminal leave” -the act of taking paid vacation until he plans to retire in just a few weeks- on Monday afternoon; raising the stakes in an already tense relationship between the White House and the nation’s premier law enforcement agency.
The Deputy Director has been a lightning-rod for Republicans since his appointment to the bureau.
McCabe’s wife has long-standing ties to the Democratic party; running as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015 and receiving funds and support from senior Clinton insiders -including Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Just months ago, President Trump blasted McCabe on social media, saying “How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?”
GOWDY GOES OFF: Predicts FBI Deputy Director McCabe FIRED by Next Week
GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy escalated his war of words with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday, saying he was still trying to figure out why “three FBI agents were discussing politics” on federal property; adding he’d be “surprised” if McCabe isn’t fired by next week.
“I hate it for Rod Rosenstein, that he’s the one explaining it, because he’s not Peter Strzok, he’s not Andy McCabe, and he’s not Jim Comey, so he was having to do a little bit of clean-up,” Gowdy told Fox News. “But these are really bad facts if you care about an impartial, objective Department of Justice and FBI.”
“I’m still trying to figure out why three FBI agents are discussing politics in the Deputy Director’s office. You’re not supposed to discuss politics on federal ground,” he added. “We were supposed to interview Andy McCabe yesterday on another committee. It was all set up and ready to go and then at the last minute they said he can’t come, he’s going to come next week.”
“I’ll be shocked if he comes next week, I’ll be a little surprised if he’s still an employee of the FBI this time next week,” Gowdy said.
Watch Gowdy predict McCabe’s future above.
GRASSLEY UNCHAINED: Chuck Grassley DEMANDS FBI’s McCabe ‘Be Replaced’
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley didn’t mince words while commenting on the numerous scandals surrounding Robert Mueller’s Russia-Trump investigation, saying FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe “out to be replaced.”
Grassley was speaking with Bloomberg News when he made the surprise demand, blasting McCabe and other FBI officials over recent reports of widespread anti-Trump bias throughout the agency.
“Trump ought to stay out of it,” Grassley said. “I think it’s a Christopher Wray job.”
“[McCabe] oughta be replaced. And I’ve said that before and I’ve said it to people who can do it,” he added.
McCabe will appear before the House Intelligence Committee this week, answering questions over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s months-long investigation into the 2016 election.
The FBI and DOJ were thrust into the national spotlight earlier this month, after a bombshell report showed senior FBI agents exchanging blatantly anti-Trump text messages.