Trump Targets FBI Leadership For Not Continuing to Pursue Clinton
On the second day of his winter break in Florida, President Donald Trump took square aim at the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a series of tweets 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," Trump wrote from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
McCabe, who served as former FBI Director James Comey's deputy, has long been a focus of conservatives who question whether the bureau conducted an impartial investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, at a time when Clinton was running for the Democratic party nomination, and later for the presidency against Trump.
McCabe's role in the investigation has come under scrutiny after his wife, Jill McCabe, accepted $450,000 in campaign contributions from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and more than $207,000 from the state Democratic Party when she ran for Virginia state senate. The FBI has said McCabe began his role in the Clinton investigation months after the completion of his wife's campaign.
Trump has repeatedly said that McCabe was in charge of the Clinton investigation; although McCabe had an oversight role it was Comey who made the final decision on whether to bring criminal charges against Clinton.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that McCabe, under heavy pressure from congressional Republicans, plans to retire after he reaches full eligibility for pension benefits in the new year, citing sources familiar with his plans.
On McCabe's retirement, Trump added: "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!"