James Comey Defends Deputy FBI Director Who Republicans Have Pressured To Retire

Mr. McCabe's plan to retire at some point after he was eligible to retire was first reported by The Washington Post.

This could have ended a simple bureaucratic story about a government official retiring, if somewhat early, with no obvious motive beyond the superficial.

Seeking Mueller's removal "would have severe repercussions for Americans' sense of justice here at home and for our reputation for fairness around the world", they wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday that was coordinated by Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. Leading up to the holiday, Trump tweeted jabs at McCabe after he indicated he planned to retire in the coming months.

Trump touched on several of the hot-button issues involving McCabe in a tweet at 3:27 p.m.

"How can [McCabe], the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation", the president tweeted Saturday.

President Trump on Sunday extended his feud with the FBI's top brass, singling out Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife's Virginia Senate campaign in 2015 received donations from the political action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally.

Mr. McCabe, who is seen as highly intelligent, rose quickly through the ranks of the F.B.I., eventually running national security, then the bureau's second-largest field office, before moving back to headquarters, where he was put on track to be deputy director. "90 days to go?!"

As for McCabe, Short, the adviser, said, "We wish him well". It is being reported that McCabe confirmed he was told by Comey that Trump demanded a loyalty pledge from the ex-FBI chief.

Criticism of the FBI's involvement in the Russian Federation investigation has intensified over the past few weeks among Trump and others in the GOP.

John Pistole, former deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said McCabe is in a "difficult position" because of the "hyper-partisan environment" and that he's now "weathering the storm" and having to take responsibility for Comey's decisions.

The letters come as Mueller's team is facing heightened scrutiny in recent weeks following reports that two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation called Trump an "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages a year ago.

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