FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been at the center of the FISA memo controversy lately. Whether a major player or minor player is uncertain at this point, but he is taking no chances.
McCabe has resigned, effective immediately, according to the Washington Examiner.
A source familiar with the situation told the Washington Examiner than McCabe is taking “terminal leave” for now until he can officially retire when his pension kicks in.
McCabe, who at one point was acting director from May to August 2017 after President Trump abruptly fired then-director James Comey, has been at the center of tensions between the White House and FBI leadership in recent months. Comey appointed McCabe to be deputy director in January 2016.
Most recently, the Washington Post reported that after Trump fired Comey, he met with McCabe in the Oval Office and asked him whom he voted for in the 2016 election.
This month, the FBI released internal documents to show that McCabe’s oversight role in FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server began only in February 2016 when he assumed his role as deputy director — three months after his wife Jill McCabe lost her bid for a Virginia state Senate seat as a Democrat. Trump and other Republicans have said McCabe had a conflict of interest because of his wife’s election bid.
McCabe is still part of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general, who is looking into the FBI’s handling of its Clinton probe.