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30 January 2018, 01:26 | Colleen Roy
Victoria Sarno Jordan
The FBI's deputy director has stepped down from his position after Donald Trump accused him of being biased and acting in favour of his 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton.
Two people familiar with the decision described it to The Associated Press on Monday.
He will remain on leave with the top USA domestic law enforcement agency until his retirement date, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity because a public announcement has not yet been made.
McCabe served as the agency's acting director this summer after Trump fired former director James Comey in May.
The move is effective Monday.
Trump has also said McCabe is "racing the clock to retire with full benefits". McCabe had already been planning to retire upon his eligibility in a matter of weeks.
"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", Trump wrote. Trump Jr. tweeted Monday.
Trump on Twitter asked in July, while McCabe was acting Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, why Attorney General Jeff Sessions had not replaced him, and said in December McCabe was "racing the clock to retire with full benefits" and that the FBI's reputation was in "tatters". McCabe's role is among those under scrutiny.
The money came from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee and the Virginia Democratic Party and was donated before McCabe was promoted to deputy director and assumed a supervisory role in the Clinton email investigation.
Trump's dislike of McCabe dates back to October 2016, when news stories revealed McCabe's wife had run as a Democrat for the Virginia state legislature, aided with almost $500,000 in donations from the political action committee of then-Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close ally of Hillary Clinton, and that McCabe had gone on to oversee probes involving Clinton.
Trump maintains there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government, and has blasted the investigation as a "witch hunt". "90 days to go?!".
McCabe exited the FBI building around noon on Monday after more than 20 years with the bureau. But as a civil service employee, McCabe could not be fired without clear evidence of wrongdoing.
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