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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe steps down

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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepped down from his position Monday after months of being in the political spotlight, according to a report by NBC News.

McCabe, who was eligible to retire in mid-March, was reportedly going to leave the bureau anyway, but his sudden departure comes as something as a surprise. He had received significant amounts of criticism from President Donald Trump and some Republicans over his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's email server and the Russia investigation.

The main point of controversy stems from his wife's failed Virginia state senate campaign, which received nearly $500,000 from an organization tied to Hillary Clinton. McCabe recused himself from the Clinton probe shortly after the donations were reported. These ties led to a Office of Special Counsel investigation to determine if McCabe had violated the Hatch Act which prohibits FBI employees from engaging in certain political activities. Republicans have questioned the FBI's impartiality on both investigations ever since.

Trump criticized McCabe over twitter, and questioned whether he would make it to his retirement date. The White House has since denied any involvement in McCabe's decision. He will remain on the FBI payroll until his official retirement date in March.

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