Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director steps down amid Trump criticism

He will step aside, but use his leave until that time. "The past several weeks and months have seen worrisome evidence of bias and wrongdoing at the Federal Bureau of Investigation come to light, including Peter Strzok's "insurance policy" that was discussed in 'Andy's office.' This behavior is not befitting of America's premiere law enforcement agency, which, like Justice itself, must be impartial", Gaetz asserted via statement from his Congressional office. Trump Jr. tweeted Monday.

McCabe's wife, Jill McCabe, received campaign donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of the Clintons, when she ran for a state senate seat in 2015 as a Democrat, but Andrew McCabe did not become deputy director until after she was defeated.

During the call, Trump suggested that McCabe ask his wife how it feels to be a loser, in an apparent reference to her failed campaign for office, according to NBC.

Mr McCabe and fired FBI director James Comey had key roles in the agency's investigation into Mrs Clinton's emails. We spoke to several people who he had told about it.

Trump has repeatedly tweeted that the Justice Department has insufficiently investigated Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Donald Trump Jr. was offered incriminating information on Hillary Clinton by a Russian prosecutor.

It was McCabe's office that first contacted Michael Flynn's staff to set up an interview with the national security adviser just after Trump's inauguration. And, a month after Trump fired Comey, he also ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller - although the White House counsel Don McGahn refused to follow through on that directive.

Manafort was charged with 12 counts of money laundering and conspiracy. According to the report, McCabe replied, "okay, sir", prompting Trump to hang up the phone.

Last week, The Washington Post reported that after James Comey was sacked in May 2017 and McCabe assumed the director's job on an acting basis, the president asked him in a private discussion whom he had voted for in the presidential election.

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring.