Chris Wray put pressure on McCabe to quit

Other View: Trump shouldn't politicize the Justice Department

During a press briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Trump administration had nothing to do with the "removal" of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Mr McCabe has become a target of Republican politicians and the Republican president in connection with the FBI's investigation into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as U.S. secretary of state. Democrats have said those inquires are meant to undermine and distract from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

McCabe, who assumed his position as deputy director in 2016 and had planned to retire this spring, has come under fire from the United States president in recent weeks.

Trump targeted McCabe with critical tweets after it emerged that his wife had received a campaign contribution for a race in Virginia in 2015 from an ally of Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

McCabe has frequently been accused by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers of political bias. "I wasn't there. There are widespread reports of his retirement".

After Wray suggested putting McCabe into another job, which would have been a demotion, the FBI's No. 2 official chose to leave, according to the Times.

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McCabe's exit follows recent news of other changes in top Federal Bureau of Investigation roles, as Trump has taken aim at other senior Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who worked under the former director, James Comey.

Per the Pensacola News-Journal, the "headquarter special" was an indication that "the normal processes at the Washington field office weren't followed and he had a very small group of people that had a pro-Hillary Clinton bias who had a direct role in changing the outcome of that investigation from one that likely should have been criminal to one where she was able to walk". In December, Trump tweeted "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

With his departure, McCabe joins a list of other top bureau officials who have stepped down in recent days as FBI Director Christopher Wray assembles his own team.

Despite pressure from the Whie House, McCabe has held the support of the bureau's leadership, including the new FBI Director. In January 2017, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General started looking into the handling of the Clinton case, including McCabe's conduct.

Other text messages show that Strzok and Page were highly critical of Trump while supportive of Clinton.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well", said former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served as former President Obama's first attorney general.

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