FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe expected to retire, Trump reacts

FILE - In this June 7, 2017, file photo, FBI acting director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Dec. 21, two congressional committees began conducting interviews in a new investigation of the FBI and its 2016 inquiry into Clinton’s email server. The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees spent hours behind closed doors with McCabe, who was involved in that probe. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe is expected to retire early next year, according to reports.

McCabe has been under fire from congressional Republicans in recent months and appeared before multiple congressional committees this week to address allegations of political bias at the FBI and the agency's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Washington Post reported on Saturday that McCabe plans to retire in a few months "when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits."

CBS News reported that McCabe will retire in March 2018.

President Donald Trump reacted to reports about the retirement of FBI Deputy Director McCabe by retweeting falsehoods about McCabe's wife.

Trump tweeted Saturday: "How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin' James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife's campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?"

McCabe's wife, Jill, did not get $700,000 in donations from Clinton for a Virginia state Senate race in 2015.

The donations came from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee and the Virginia Democratic Party before McCabe was promoted to deputy director and a supervisory role in the Clinton email investigation.

Conservatives have argued that McAuliffe and Clinton were closely tied and the contributions suggest a conflict of interest.

Trump also lashed out at the reports that McCabe will retire "with full benefits."

McCabe was appointed to be FBI Deputy Director in 2016 by Barack Obama and became acting FBI director in May after Trump fired James Comey.

Congressional Republicans, including the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, have previously called for McCabe to resign due to his wife's connections to the Democratic Party.

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