The FBI's Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe is stepping down from the helm amid harsh scrutiny from US President Donald Trump, multiple reports said Monday. One of the White House officials said the memo would be in "Congress' hands" after Trump declassified it and there were unlikely to be any redactions to the document.
A White House official said Congress would probably be informed of the decision Friday, adding Trump was "OK" with its release.
And that gets us in very, one, uncharted territory, but also, I think, very dangerous areas, where basically the integrity of our law enforcement agencies are being called into question, when it appears they're just doing their job.
Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter Wednesday night to the deputy attorney general asking that the Department of Justice turn over communications and records related to 16 current and former FBI and Justice Department officials.
As reported earlier this month by the Washington Post, Trump lashed out after hearing that a political action committee aligned with Hillary Clinton provided campaign funds to McCabe's wife for a failed 2015 Virginia state Senate bid.
"Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got ... big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives".
The surveillance memo, crafted by House Intelligence Committee Republicans, documents Comey signed three FISA court applications utilizing the anti-Trump dossier to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, who briefly served as a volunteer foreign policy adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign.
"To suggest otherwise is a bizarre distraction from the abuses detailed in the memo, which the public will hopefully soon be able to read for themselves", Langer said.
It's pretty clear to everybody at this stage that McCabe is not coming back to the FBI.
During the dinner, the President returned to the salacious material I had briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, expressed his disgust for the allegations and strongly denied them.
Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee voted Monday to release a controversial memo by chairman Devin Nunes purporting to show the Justice Department improperly surveilling a former Trump campaign associate after the 2016 election.
The Justice Department's inspector general is looking into its handling of that case and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says it will issue a report when the process is complete. The conversation about it, however, could become part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona also questioned the release in a joint statement with Democratic Sen.
That Steele reportedly met with Yahoo News at the direction of Fusion GPS.
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