Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is reportedly leaving, effective Monday, before his originally scheduled date of departure:
Just in: Andrew McCabe stepping down as Deputy FBI Director now, Pete Williams reporting, earlier than his planned departure later this year.
This is the same official that new FBI Director reportedly threatened to resign over when Trump asked for his firing, per @jonathanvswan
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) January 29, 2018
It's unclear why he left early, but according to sources, he was forced to step down before his retirement in March:
Source tells @CBSNews's Pat Milton that McCabe was forced to step down. He's currently on leave and will officially retire in March.
— Julianna Goldman (@juliannagoldman) January 29, 2018
The news came just after a report claimed that President Donald Trump's administration sought McCabe's dismissal but decided against doing so after FBI Director Christopher Wray threatened to resign, something they feared might create a media uproar.
Trump previously tweeted that he thought Attorney General Jeff Sessions should have replaced McCabe, who, at the time, was the agency's acting director after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey:
Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017
Trump described McCabe as “a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got ... big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives.”
Trump reportedly asked McCabe whom he voted for in the 2016 election, and McCabe said he didn't vote.
News of McCabe's departure came as speculation swirled around apparent tension between the Department of Justice, whose special counsel is investigating Trump's ties to Russia, and the White House.
Trump reportedly considered firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign in protest.