FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe steps down

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Mr McCabe and fired FBI director James Comey had key roles in the agency's investigation into Mrs Clinton's emails. "I will continue fighting on behalf of the American people to expose and eradicate corruption within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice - equal and fair treatment under the law is the cornerstone of American values, and must be upheld at all times", Gaetz added. He remained as deputy after the new director, Christopher Wray, took the reins in August.

Special prosecutor and former FBI director Robert Mueller is now in charge of leading the investigation.

President Donald Trump did not answer a reporter's question at the White House about McCabe's departure.

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Trump has accused McCabe of exerting influence on the FBI's decision not to file charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server. The FBI has said McCabe received the necessary ethics approval before his wife received the donations. By that time, his wife's campaign was over and his involvement was not seen as a conflict.

Since late 2017, rumors have swirled that McCabe would quit when he became fully vested. That review is expected to be completed this spring. "You know, I think what this illustrates is it's just another kind of data point into what this was like for McCabe serving under President Trump". Legal analysts have told Newsweek that such tweets could amount to witness intimidation. Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was sacked, prompting Sessions to back off, Axios and The Washington Post reported. Later that day, The Washington Post reported that during a meeting in the Oval Office Trump once asked McCabe how he voted. McCabe had already been planning to retire upon his eligibility in a matter of weeks. McCabe joined the bureau in 1996 but does not turn 50 until May 2018.

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