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CBS News: FBI Debuty Director Andrew McCabe ‘forced to step down’

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Andrew McCabe is stepping down from his post as FBI Deputy Director according to various media outlets Monday.

However CBS News is adding to the initial reports that McCabe, whose been a frequent target of Donald Trump was ‘forced to step down’.

CBS News:

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is retiring from the FBI, CBS News’ Pat Milton has confirmed.  According to Milton, a source familiar with the matter confirms that McCabe was urged to step down. He is currently on leave and will official retire in March.

McCabe was under considerable scrutiny from Republicans, as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates continued. McCabe took temporary charge of the FBI after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this year, and some skeptics viewed McCabe as too close to his former boss.

This latest on McCabe also comes amid further back and forth between the Justice Department and the White House. Last week, revelations were uncovered that Trump asked McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 Presidential Election after the President fired then FBI Director James Comey last spring. Furthermore Trump had reportedly been angry over McCabe’s wife’s ties to Hillary Clinton which may have played into Attorney General Jeff Sessions allegedly pressuring current FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire McCabe which prompted Wray to threaten his own resignation if forced to do so.

Trump and the White House have since denied Wray’s treat to quit.

Meanwhile, McCabe’s resignation is effective immediately after being with the Bureau since 1996.

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