Frequent Trump Target at FBI Is Stepping Down
Deputy director Andrew McCabe is leaving
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2018 12:42 PM CST
Updated Jan 29, 2018 3:46 PM CST
In this June 7, 2017 file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe pauses during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Expect a certain high-profile Twitter user to be celebrating this news: FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is retiring, reports NBC News. The move is effective immediately, though McCabe will formally remain on the FBI payroll into March thanks to accrued vacation time.

  • No surprise: As the Washington Post notes, the move is hardly a surprise. McCabe has been a frequent public target of President Trump, and he had been widely expected to quit in March when he qualified for full pension benefits. In fact, Trump himself had tweeted about this exact scenario last month: "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!"
  • Pressure: FBI chief Christopher Wray pressured McCabe to resign because of all that Trump criticism, reports the New York Times.

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