Trump, Sessions Have Been Pressuring FBI Director To Fire McCabe


Trump, Sessions Have Been Pressuring FBI Director To Fire McCabe

The threat reportedly came as the Trump administration pressured Mr Wray to fire his deputy director, Andrew McCabe.

Trump complained about McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, in the same meeting, reportedly venting about the hefty donations a Hillary Clinton pal poured into her failed Virginia State senate bid as a Democrat, the officials said.

A former official told the Post McCabe found the president's line of questioning "disturbing".

U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, reads a directive to impose tariffs on imported washing machines before signing it in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 23, 2018.

He was not fired, according to federal law enforcement.

Wray, a Trump nominee, has faced relentless criticism from Republicans over perceived political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, as well as in the handling a year earlier of an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, which ended without criminal charges.

In a Tuesday statement, Wray said that Rybicki, who has served in several senior Justice Department roles since 2001, is leaving the bureau voluntarily to take a job in the private sector and was not fired from his FBI role. The FBI has said the donations occurred before McCabe's involvement in the Clinton investigation. On January 12, the Justice Department's Inspector General announced a probe into the FBI's handling of the Clinton server investigation, including "allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in certain investigative matters". "He accepts politically inspired senior pioneers, including previous Director (James) Comey and others he engaged, have polluted the organization's notoriety for impartial quest for equity".

The question came after McCabe became the FBI's acting director following James Comey's firing in May. He replaces Baker, who was reassigned late past year.

On Monday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said the president believes Wray 'is a man of true character and integrity, ' though didn't drop the notion that there's political bias present in the bureau.

"Problem is that the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife", Trump tweeted on July 25, days after hashing out the same complaint in an interview with the New York Times. When Jeff Sessions was sworn in, Boente became deputy attorney general before moving to the national security division.



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