Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe Steps Down Amid FISA Memo Pressure
McCabe will officially retire after 'leave' until spring,
Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe has stepped down as pressure mounts DOJ regarding the FIA memo.
According to Fox News, McCabe was “removed" before a source told the news outlet that this was the earliest date possible for the FBI to remove him and leave him eligible for his pension
His departure comes after FBI Director Christopher Wray reviewed a memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee staffers that reportedly details FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in connection with he 2016 presidential election.
President Donald Trump broke with the Department of Justice the other week calling for the immediate release of the four-page "FISA memo" which allegedly reveals the 'wide-scale surveillance abuse' by the Obama Administration, the FBI, and the DOJ.
Trump made it clear to Attorney General Jeff Sessions he wanted the Memo released by relaying the message though White House Chief-of-Staff John Kelly last Wednesday, ultimately putting the White House at odds with the DOJ.
Breitbart reports: The memo is expected to say that FBI officials obtained a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page based on the unverified Trump dossier created by Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS as Democratic opposition research.
Democrats and the FBI have been fighting the release of the memo, saying it would be “reckless” to do so.
McCabe has come under scrutiny from congressional Republicans, who have questioned why he only recused himself from the Clinton email investigation a week before the election when his wife had received hundreds of thousands in campaign donations from a close Hillary Clinton ally.
McCabe was appointed FBI Deputy Director in 2016 by former President Obama, and became acting director in May 2016, after President Trump fired James Comey.