FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepping aside

The briefing will likely focus on the "removal" of Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe following months of scandals and controversies surrounding his role in the Trump-Russia investigation as well as his longtime connections to the Democratic party.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on McCabe.

McCabe was serving as the FBI's acting director at the time.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the White House was not involved in FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's decision to leave the agency.

"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is, and has been, a dedicated public servant who has served this country well", Holder wrote.

McCabe has been repeatedly attacked by Trump since the fall of 2016, when it was revealed that his wife had accepted campaign contributions from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and close Clinton ally, during a failed state Senate run.

Mr McCabe has become a target of Republican politicians and the Republican president in connection with the FBI's investigation into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server while she served as USA secretary of state. The President did not answer a reporter's question at the White House about McCabe's departure. "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 in December referred to the FBI's reputation as being in "tatters", and has also publicly criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, a move that paved the way for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Mueller after Comey's firing. "90 days to go?!"

In recent weeks, Trump has taken aim at McCabe, whose office first arranged the FBI's interview with then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Another source familiar with the matter said it was a "mutual" decision.

  • Kyle Peterson