Trump called Andrew McCabe's wife a "loser" in a bizarre call

Trump called Andrew McCabe's wife a

That revelation drew the ire of Trump, who reportedly asked McCabe during an Oval Office meeting who he voted for in the 2016 election.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "The President wasn't part of this decision-making process". McCabe did get clearance from the FBI's ethics division at the time of the donation, and it was before the FBI probe of Clinton's emails.

Democrats also say that Republicans voted against releasing a 10-page memo that Democrats had prepared to rebut the Republican document.

The White House said it had no role in his departure.

The cresting intrigue Monday follows a flurry of sensational developments in recent days that suggest that Mueller is approaching a critical point of his investigation and that the President's personal jeopardy could be deepening.

Sanders says the White House has "some concerns" over McCabe's work at the bureau. I wish Andy well. That 7th floor of the FBI are all Comey people. "America needs you", Comey tweeted from his verified account on Monday night.

This article has been updated to include a response from an FBI spokesperson and comments by Tom Fitton.

Trump and his allies have sought to use McCabe's wife's campaign as evidence that the Russia investigation was part of a Democratic-led effort to undermine his candidacy and presidency.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation's deputy director, whom US President Donald Trump repeatedly accused of political bias, has resigned.

Yet the FBI has released documents showing McCabe's role in the Clinton case began in February 2016, following his appointment as deputy director and three months after his wife lost her bid for a state Senate seat.

This isn't the first time Comey has weighed in on news related to the agency.

Another high profile member of the Donald Trump administration has thrown in the towel.

Trump, during a briefing with reporters earlier this month, denied asking that question, but went on to slam McCabe, who briefly served as Trump's acting FBI director after Trump fired James Comey in May. But, FBI Director Christopher Wray will be able to choose a permanent deputy from the career ranks of senior bureau officials.

Mr Comey had been overseeing the bureau's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Getting rid of [Comey's] chief of staff and [FBI Chief Counsel James A.] Baker doesn't remove the problem for Trump. I know how to go behind the facts.

He has made no public statement on his departure, and it was not clear why he had decided to step down from his post early.

Comey's firing is of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating whether Trump broke the law by firing Comey amid the ongoing Russia probe.

Rosenstein is overseeing the Russia investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. In December, Trump tweeted "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits".

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