Not one to mince words, President Donald Trump let FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe have it in a series of tweets on Saturday and Sunday accusing him of rampant corruption in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In addition to revelations that two top FBI staffers exchanged pro-Clinton, anti-Trump text messages, McCabe remains under investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general for how he handled the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. This comes after McCabe’s closed-door testimony in front of congressional committees this week.
He followed with news that McCabe is planning to retire in a few months when he becomes eligible for his government pension in 2018. McCabe announced his retirement after a disastrous round of Congressional testimony, where he reportedly failed to answer basic questions about his connections with the anti-Trump Russian dossier and the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
In a seven-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday, McCabe repeatedly declined to answer even the most basic of questions with regard to whether the bureau has been able to verify the substantive allegations in the now infamous Trump dossier. McCabe failed to identify a single substantive allegation that has been corroborated throughout his lengthy hearing.
President Trump also accused McCable of political bias in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. He cites McCabe’s use of his official FBI email account to promote his wife Dr. Jill McCabe to promote her political campaign in her 2015 bid for Virginia state Senate, as well some questionable donations to the tune of approximately $675,000. Jill’s campaign received donations from former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe’s super PAC, as well as the Democratic Party of Virginia. McAuliffe is a Democrat with longstanding ties directly to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
McAuliffe’s political action committee ponied up $467,500 to Jill’s campaign, and the Virginia Democratic Party gave more than $200,000 at a time when McCabe headed the FBI’s Washington field office. That same field office provided the manpower for the investigation into Hillary’s secret email system. McCabe would later be promoted to the third-ranking post at the FBI, and then named deputy.
Jill ran to unseat sitting Republican Senator Dick Black. His ouster would have swung control of the Virginia state Senate to Democrats. Black ultimately won the senatorial election and states it was his belief McCabe should resign from his post over what he and many others view as a significant bias or conflict of interest.