Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down early from his post as Deputy Director, an FBI official United States President Donald Trump has accused of political bias, according to reports released on Monday.
U.S. media reported the coming resignation early afternoon, citing staff sources at the bureau, news that comes a week after news broke that Mr. Trump wanted him out of his position
The deputy was eligible to retire in March 18, but with accumulated leave, he is able to step down earlier.
Trump did not respond to a reporters inquiry at the White House, but Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the decision was not made by Trump or the White House during a press briefing on Monday.
“The president wasn’t part of this decision making process,” Sanders said.
Mr. McCabe was the acting FBI director for a short while after the president fired the current chief James Comey.
It was reported last week that Trump wanted McCabe to leave his position, and another report said that the president had asked him who he had voted for in the 2016 presidential election.
The FBI acts as an independent agency, distinct from the White House.
More details to follow. Image of Andrew McCabe from 71 Republic.