White House Press Briefing Following McCabe's 'REMOVAL' from Federal Bureau of Investigation

Republicans risk becoming accomplices in obstruction of justice

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism who led the bureau for months past year after the firing of James Comey, is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring, people familiar with the decision said Monday.

He will immediately go on leave and plans to retire when he becomes eligible in mid-March.

Sanders said Monday that the president stands by previous comments regarding McCabe and that the White House has "some concerns" over his work at the bureau.

The Republican president also blasted McCabe for his wife, Jill McCabe, who had previously run as a Democrat for a seat in Virginia's state Senate and received donations from then-Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Clinton.

Trump has blamed McCabe for influencing the decision not to criminally charge Clinton for her use of a private email server.

McCabe has become a lightning rod in the political battles surrounding special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe into whether any Trump associates co-ordinated with Russian agents to interfere in the 2016 presidential race.

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"The president was not part of this decision-making process", she said.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

Trump, who publicly criticized McCabe, allegedly sought to fire McCabe, but the White House never did that because Wray's resignation would have prompted media chaos. "The past several weeks and months have seen worrisome evidence of bias and wrongdoing at the Federal Bureau of Investigation come to light, including Peter Strzok's "insurance policy" that was discussed in 'Andy's office.' This behavior is not befitting of America's premiere law enforcement agency, which, like Justice itself, must be impartial", Gaetz asserted via statement from his Congressional office.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well", Holder wrote. "I don't think I did", Trump told reporters about asking who McCabe voted for.

As news of the surprise resignation broke on Monday, Eric Holder, the United States attorney general under Barack Obama, tweeted his support for McCabe.

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