Andrew McCabe has been taking fire from Trump for weeks. Today he abruptly resigned.
On Monday, NBC News reported that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has stepped down from his position. His resignation was effective as of noon Monday.
It was reported in December that McCabe would be retiring in March. But his abrupt resignation on Monday comes as a surprise.
Even though McCabe has now resigned, he will remain on the FBI payroll until mid-March when he becomes eligible for full retirement benefits.
Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that last year after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, he called McCabe into the Oval Office to find out if he had the loyalty of the Deputy Director. According to the Post Trump demanded that McCabe tell him who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. McCabe told him that he didn’t vote for anyone in the election. That angered Trump.
“Trump, the officials told The Post, also vented his anger at McCabe over the several hundred thousand dollars in donations that his wife, a Democrat, received for her failed 2015 Virginia state Senate bid from a political action committee controlled by a close friend of Hillary Clinton.”
It seems that Trump’s extreme pressure on McCabe worked. But this resignation creates more questions than answers. What changed McCabe’s mind to make him abruptly quit today instead of waiting until March?