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FBI: McCabe succumbs to Trump bullying, resigns as deputy director

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THE INDEPENDENT (UK) – The deputy director for the FBI is stepping down from his position with the agency, a week after it was reported that President Donald Trump was lobbying for his ouster.

Andrew McCabe, who had been under fire from Republicans in recent months over perceived partisanship and bias, had indicated that he planned on stepping down as recently as December.

Mr McCabe will remain on the FBI payroll until mid-March, sources told NBC News, when he will be eligible to retire with full benefits.

The movement in the FBI follows roughly a month after Mr McCabe was thrashed by Mr Trump on Twitter, and also privately during a reported Oval Office row.

The Washington Post reported earlier this month that, when Mr Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey last year, Mr Trump met with Mr McCabe in the Oval and the President asked the FBI’s second in command who he had voted for in 2016.

Mr Trump also reportedly vented frustration with the fact that Mr McCabe’s wife, a Democrat, had received donations during her failed 2015 Virginia state Senate race from a political action committee run by a close ally to Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump’s 2016 opponent.

Mr Comey’s firing led to the appointment of special counsellor Robert Mueller, whose team is investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and any ties the Trump campaign may have had with Moscow.

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