Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:27 WIB |
Andrew McCabe, the FBI's No. 2 official whom President Donald Trump publicly criticized for alleged political bias, stepped down from the bureau Monday, several weeks ahead of his retirement, an FBI official said.
McCabe, 49, was set to retire as deputy director in March when he becomes eligible for full pension benefits. But the 22-year veteran of the bureau decided to take "early leave" and won't be returning to the bureau, the official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not say why McCabe had opted for early departure.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "didn't play any role" in McCabe's exit.
McCabe, who was appointed deputy director in January 2016, was thrust into controversy just days before the 2016 presidential election when it was disclosed that his wife, Jill McCabe, a Democratic candidate for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015, had received campaign donations from a political action committee controlled by a friend of Hillary Clinton.