President Donald Trump was not involved in the early retirement of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday.
“The president wasn’t part of the decision making process” Sanders said, adding she was not aware of any discussion by any personnel at the White House which played a part in the deputy director’s retirement.
News of McCabe’s retirement surfaced Monday after months of criticism regarding his involvement in the investigations of Hillary Clinton, the Trump campaign, and his wife’s ties to Clinton-allied fundraising groups. McCabe did not recuse himself from the Clinton investigation, even after the financial ties between his wife and Clinton-linked groups became public.
McCabe’s retirment announcement came one day after FBI Director Christopher Wray went to Capitol Hill Monday to review a memo compiled by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence committee which purports to show abuse of FISA authority by top officials in the department of justice.