How to fix the mess at the FBI
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has resigned, effective immediately, following a scathing internal report into his handling of an investigation into the bureau’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
McCabe, who had been named deputy director in January, was accused of making inappropriate decisions during the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s possible ties to Russia and lying to the FBI.
The report was based on information McCabe shared with President Donald Trump’s lawyers and then leaked to the media.
The White House initially said McCabe had resigned.
Trump said on Twitter that McCabe would stay on until he was cleared by the Senate.
The president said that McCabe, in his role as acting deputy director, “had no choice but to step down.”
McCabe’s resignation is effective immediately.
The FBI is conducting an internal investigation into allegations that Deputy Director McCabe, a Republican, violated Department of Justice (DOJ) policies in his handling the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and McCabe’s status will be determined upon completion.
On Thursday, a Senate panel recommended that McCabe be cleared by an independent counsel.
He is also being investigated by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General for his actions.
McCabe was previously the director of the FBI’s criminal division, where he oversaw the bureau for four years.
McCabe has been a strong advocate for law enforcement and for the FBI in the wake of the 2016 election.
He led the FBI when the bureau was reeling from the Trump-Pence presidential campaign, and he led the bureau when the agency faced scrutiny for its handling of the Clinton email probe.
The bureau has come under fire in recent months for its refusal to recommend charges against former National Counterterrorism Center Director Andrew Weissmann, a Democrat, for his role in the botched botched Clinton email inquiry.
In July, a former FBI agent told Congress that McCabe and other bureau officials were told to make a political calculation about whether to press criminal charges against Weissmann.
The agent, who has not been identified, said he was told that “it was a matter of how bad things looked in the coming weeks.”
The agent said he witnessed a senior FBI official telling McCabe, “We’re not going to press charges because there’s no evidence of collusion.
We have a political calculus.”