The FBI’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, has resigned from his post effective immediately, NBC has reported.
NBC said it confirmed the scoop with multiple sources.
McCabe has served at the FBI for more than 20 years, since 1996. He was expected to retire this year, as he will be up for full retirement benefits mid-March.
“One source familiar said McCabe was exercising his retirement eligibility and characterized McCabe’s decision as ‘stepping aside,'” NBC reported.
Recently, the FBI’s top agents have come under great scrutiny, as Republican lawmakers continue to call for the release of a memo that is said to reveal an extreme bias against the Trump Administration.
The timing of McCabe’s departure is peculiar, as FBI Director Christopher Wray reportedly saw the memo a day earlier.
There is no ignoring the now-infamous memo written by House Intelligence Committee Republicans that purportedly reveals a shocking high-level conspiracy. Politicians are demanding it be released, but the FBI and the Justice Department are much more hesitant, especially in light of the recent text message incident, where thousands of messages between FBI officials apparently went missing.
The memo and text messages are said to reveal conspiracy among some of the highest echelons of government, involving the FBI plotting to spy on and upend President Donald Trump and his administration.
While Democrats are now saying the “#ReleaseTheMemo” movement is merely a distraction from the current federal investigation into Russian interference in the Presidential election, Republican politicians have been front and center pushing for the memo to be published.
BREAKING: Andrew McCabe has stepped down effective today as FBI deputy director, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell @ NBC News pic.twitter.com/kLrhDjzq7B
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