A legal defense fund created for fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe will no longer accept donations after raising more than a half-million dollars in four days, the AP reports. The fund is to defray costs for McCabe, who was fired after FBI disciplinary officials and the Justice Department concluded he hadn't been candid during an inspector general investigation. The firing came less than two days before he was to retire. The fund will stop accepting donations at 7 p.m. Monday after more than tripling the original goal. McCabe said Monday he's grateful and that the contributions reflect donors' "acknowledgement that something in this situation is not fair or just." He has denied wrongdoing. His supporters said the fund was needed for McCabe to respond to congressional inquiries and the inspector general report.
The GoFundMe page was updated Monday with a statement of gratitude from McCabe, who called the fund's success an "acknowledgement that something in this situation is not fair or just." The page also claims the money will soon go into a formal legal trust. “The outpouring of support on GoFundMe has been simply overwhelming," McCabe wrote. Despite its success, some have called the ethics of such a campaign into question. As ABC News reports, Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept pointed out McCabe's apparent personal wealth while calling the campaign "obscene," and a pundit on Fox noted that thousands donated despite the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility investigation on McCabe being unreleased. (Read more Andrew McCabe stories.)