Trump Slams Deputy FBI Director's Plan to Retire

He accuses him of 'racing the clock'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Trump Slams Deputy FBI Director's Plan to Retire
Then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017, during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the US.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The deputy director of the FBI has been fighting off Republican attacks for more than a year—and sources say he plans to hold out until early March, when he qualifies for a full pension. Andrew McCabe, 49, who has been under attack for his role in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, has "got about 90 days, and some of that will be holiday time," one insider tells the Washington Post. McCabe "is racing the clock to retire with full benefits," President Trump tweeted. "90 days to go?!!!" McCabe's GOP critics have highlighted the fact that before he was appointed as James Comey's deputy, McCabe's wife, Jill, received $700,000 in donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee and the Virginia Democratic Party for a run for the state Senate in 2015, the AP reports.

In another tweet, Trump asked: "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?" After Trump fired Comey in May, McCabe became the agency's acting director until Christopher Wray was confirmed in August. McCabe was grilled for a total of 17 hours last week by two House committees investigating the FBI's actions and its alleged anti-Trump bias. The Post's sources say that even though Trump and his allies want McCabe removed, he can't be fired without evidence of wrongdoing, and the FBI believes reassigning him would be seen as bowing to political demands. (More Andrew McCabe stories.)

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