FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe was reportedly set to retire, but announced Monday morning that he would take an ‘indefinite” leave of absence, stepping down from his post months earlier than expected.
The decision comes just hours before the House is scheduled to vote on whether to reveal a controversial, GOP-authored memo about FBI procedure alleging that FBI higher-ups, including McCabe, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and former FBI Director James Comey abused the the FISA warrantless surveillance program.
The announcement also comes just hours after current FBI director Christopher Way was able to view the memo on Capitol Hill.
McCabe’s departure isn’t exactly unexpected. He’s been a frequent target of President Donald Trump on Twitter, since being named the FBI’s interim director (following Comey’s firing) and Republicans have viewed McCabe with suspicion, often questioning why the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information, which took place under McCabe, was so poorly administered.
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