Tuesday, January 30, 2018

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Suddenly Resigns

Monday afternoon FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepped down from his position amid widespread rumors that he was pressured from above to quit.

This of course has everything to do with the Trump-Russia investigation as McCabe has been at the center of ongoing tensions between the White House and the FBI and has reportedly been under pressure to step down from Trump.

It is believed that a paranoid Trump was suspicious of McCabe who had served at the FBI since 1996 under former FBI directors Robert Mueller and James Comey.

In addition, The Washington Post reported that after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, he met with McCabe in the Oval Office and after asking him who he had voted for in the 2016 election berated McCabe over a donation that his wife, a Democrat, received for her 2015 Virginia state Senate bid from a political action committee controlled by a close friend of Hillary Clinton.

Not helping matters any was the fact that it was McCabe's office that first arranged the FBI's interview with then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who has now pleaded guilty to lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

And now there is a report that an enraged Trump called McCabe the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey demanding to know why he had been allowed to fly on an FBI plane from Los Angeles back to Washington after he was dismissed. According to multiple people familiar with the phone call McCabe told the president he hadn’t been asked to authorize Comey’s flight whereupon Trump suggesting he ask his wife how it feels to be a loser — an apparent reference to a failed campaign for state office in Virginia that McCabe’s wife made in 2015.  McCabe then simply replied, “OK, sir.” as Trump hung up the phone.

Then, as always, there were the tweets...

Trump tweeted on Dec. 23...

In July, Trump posted these two tweets...

After news of McCabe's surprise resignation broke White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later Monday that Trump had no involvement in the decision.

Trump for his part ignored questions and did not answer when asked if he knew McCabe was stepping aside.

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