FBI Deputy Director McCabe Steps Down, Forced To Retire Early

Update:  According to Fox News and CBS News's Pat Milton just answered the question of why McCabe stepped down Monday when he would become eligible for his full pension benefits n March: McCabe was reportedly forced to step down. According to Fox News, McCabe was "removed" from his post as deputy director, "leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump."

In both cases, his early departure suggests that he was forced out.

Several media outlets reported that McCabe is using his remaining vacation days to go on "terminal leave" and that his official retirement from the agency won't happen until March, allowing him to collect the full pension.

As we noted last week, FBI Director Wray threatened to resign after being pressured by AG Jeff Sessions.

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In a move that was widely expected (although not for another month or so), Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down effective Monday, NBC reported.

McCabe, who briefly served as acting director last year after Trump fired Comey, first let it slip to the Washington Post late last year that he would be retiring in the coming months as Congressional Republicans targeted him for criticism surrounding his pro-Clinton bias (McCabe's wife even secured campaign funding from Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe, something he initially failed to disclose).

Around the time of the reports of his impending retirement, McCabe had spent several marathon sessions answering questions from Congressional committees behind closed doors.

It was expected that McCabe would hang on until early March, when he would become eligible for his full pension. It's unclear why he's choosing to step down early.

McCabe's accelerated resignation may a sign that Trump appointee Christopher Wray - who succeeded James Comey as FBI Director - is finally cleaning house. 

According to Axios, McCabe may be leaving in anticipation of the release of an inspector general's report on how the FBI handled the Clinton email investigation.

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On Monday, President Trump refused to acknowledge reporters asking questions about McCabe's decision during a White House press conference. Back in December, Trump tweeted that McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits."

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According to the Gateway Pundit, McCabe is suspected of leaking details between himself and former Trump Chief of Staff Reince Preibus. The sequence of events, as recounted by the Gateway Pundit, suggests that Preibus might've been "set up" by McCabe. Recall that McCabe set up the meeting to tell Preibus that a New York Times report suggesting widespread collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians was "bullshit." When Preibus asked McCabe if the FBI could release a statement publicly confirming this, McCabe said he'd need to think about it.

The story leaked to the Times shortly after...

 

 

The Times piece - which suggested that several Trump campaign officials were in direct contact with Russian government agents - was debunked by Comey during Senate Intelligence Committee.

With this in mind, we're definitely curious to see that inspector general report.

Comments

macholatte Cry Baby Moe Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:46 Permalink

It's unclear why he's choosing to step down early.

Stepping down, gracefully. Is he getting a party and a gold watch as well as his $10k/mo retirement with benefits? Now that really sets an example for others in the Swamp. Stay loyal to the Communists and do as you are told and you will be taken care of. Also see Donna Brazil, Wasserman Shultz, Comey, Lynch, Holder, Obama, Clintons, McCain, etc.

 

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Ghost of PartysOver macholatte Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:48 Permalink

Pay attention people.

Thousands of text message that the FBI stated were missing.  Somebody high up in the food chain obviously did not want them to be released.  Then the Justice IG (probably the only person with any credibility in this)  announces not so fast, we found them.  Now Ole Andy is stepping down.  This is not rocket science people.

To quote Bob Seger: "Turn the Page"

I wonder when Andy will be meeting with his lawyer.

 

Edit:  Forgot to mention that FBI Director Wray went to Capital Hill yesterday to read the "Memo".  Hmmmm....  Man that thing has to be salacious. 

 

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lincolnsteffens Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:59 Permalink

I think there are offers on the table for no or limited action against high officials if they will voluntarily quit. The carrot is offered with a big stick as a choice. Resign and keep some of your ill gotten gains or the full weight of the apparatus that they used for crime will come down on them.

I just got my 300 lbs. of popcorn delivered in time to watch the big show.

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Noktirnal Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:22 Permalink

BINGO! "Terminal Leave" is exactly that. I'm not sure what FBI gets in leave time, but when I was in the .mil, we got 15 days per year, and if I remember correctly, we could accrue up to 30 days. "terminal leave" is when you use the leave in conjunction with separation. You do your paperwork, and go on leave. You get paid, and separation isn't effective until the end of terminal leave. 30 days carries him to February 28.  I bet his paperwork is processed on 1 March, and that will probably be what gets him his pension. It's all theater, to show us "people are being held accountable". It's just like the theater at the airport, to show us "big brother will keep you safe", and the election theater, where "the people choose their leaders."

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scallywagrab Ghost of PartysOver Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:30 Permalink

I’m beginning to think the ‘memo’ won’t be released, this could be the play.....resign now & we keep the part of the ‘memo’ that criticises you out of the public domain. That way, by the time the resignations have stopped, we are left with a heavily redacted document, published as crumbs to us peons. Hope I’m wrong, but I fear i might not be far wrong.

;-)

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chubbar scallywagrab Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:53 Permalink

I don't trust Wray at all. He's been sitting on his hands with his thumb up his ass for months now. Why are strzok and page still employed? How many fucking emails does Wray need to read to figure out these assholes were rigging the email investigation? How many other FBI agents were involved and who are they (besides that Priestap asshole)? I think Wray is dirty and until he actually shows some balls, I will tend to believe he is covering for these crimes when and where he can.

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Thought Processor Md4 Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:42 Permalink

 

They are still in discovery, collecting evidence and getting statements on the record.  This can last for a while.  But the fact that high up players are resigning and securing legal counsel means that much is going on behind the scenes.  It means the water is starting to boil.

 

What is clear: It's an internal war.  A contest of sorts between intelligence organizations / deep state network / military / Trump / various world powers.  The FBI is simply the cover up tool.  But the cover up always leads to the crime (and lest we forget IS a crime itself).  Fusions GPS is a front company working hand in hand with the FBI and the DNC in order to create the Russian Re-Direct Reuse.  Who really runs Fusion GPS?  Gee I wonder.

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