WASHINGTON, D.C. — FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe announced Monday that he will be stepping down immediately.
The news comes as McCabe, who The Daily Beast reports is named in a controversial FISA memo, has found himself increasingly under fire.
According to the Beast report, McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are each named in the “shocking” FISA abuse memo which allegedly details unlawful surveillance practices carried out on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his associates during the campaign of the 2016 presidential election.
“A controversial Republican memo alleging surveillance abuse specifically names FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein along with former FBI Director James Comey,” the Beast report states (https://www.thedailybeast.com/doj-warns-that-releasethememo-would-be-extraordinarily-reckless?ref=home).
“Capitol Hill sources on both sides of the aisle say the memo’s release is only a matter of time. And when it comes out, these current and former officials — all GOP bêtes noires — are likely to face even more criticism from the right over their involvement in FBI counterintelligence work.
Republicans, including Trump himself, have spent months attacking McCabe and Comey while special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Team Trump’s connections to the Kremlin. Rosenstein put that probe in place—a move Trump has derided as a witch hunt. […]
Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican, told The Daily Beast that Nunes has told Republicans his staff spent months putting the memo together.”
According to White House sources, President Trump was briefed on McCabe’s intent to vacate his role Monday morning. McCabe became Trump’s acting director of the FBI in May after the president fired then director James Comey.
The president has made no secret of his mistrust of McCabe since he was appointed to his role, tweeting on several occasions that he believed the FBI colluded to protect former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from prosecution for illegally storing classified materials on a private server in her home during her tenure as Secretary of State.
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?” Trump tweeted in December of 2017.
McCabe, who was already expected to step down in early 2018 upon becoming eligible for his pension, reportedly told no one of his intent to depart his role ahead of schedule.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is expected to take a vote Monday afternoon to decide whether or not the FISA memo should be released to the public.