FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of aggressive criticism from President Donald Trump, abruptly stepped down from his position Monday ahead of his planned retirement this spring, people familiar with the decision said. FBI staff learned Monday that McCabe was leaving the bureau's No. 2 post effective immediately, according to people who spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal personnel move. Agents in the FBI's office in New York reportedly told McCabe about the existence of the emails on Weiner's computer in "late September or early October", the Post reports, or roughly three to four weeks before then-FBI Director James Comey wrote a letter to Congress revealing the findings.
Trump has kept nonstop pressure on McCabe ever since he became acting director in May, using the longtime law enforcement official as a punching bag - both publicly and privately - to vent his frustrations about the FBI.
The exit comes amid multiple ongoing investigations, including a Justice Department watchdog probe into the actions of McCabe and other top FBI officials during the Clinton email probe.
The White House was not involved in McCabe's decision, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday afternoon.
Democrats have said the criticism is part of the Trump administration's effort to undermine the investigation.
"He was the star of my speeches", Trump said, referring to McCabe.
That could change upon his departure from the FBI.
FILE - In this June 7, 2017 file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe pauses during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
McCabe briefly was acting FBI director until the Senate confirmed Wray. Trump has said he does not recall asking that question.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted: "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well".
The departures of the FBI chief of staff and general counsel were also revealed this month.
"He had enough of being undermined and criticized", this source said. He declared, "I can tell you that the majority, the vast majority of FBI employees, enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey".
In one of the more dramatic exchanges of the day, he was asked whether the Trump-Russia investigation was a small matter in relation to the other work the FBI is conducting. Angus King of Maine, "we consider it to be a highly significant investigation".
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