After President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, the job of leading the agency falls, at least temporarily, to Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. McCabe is a long-serving FBI official who focused much of his career on terrorism and ran the FBI’s Washington field office before advancing to senior jobs at the agency’s headquarters, the Wall Street Journal reports. He faced his own share of criticism last year in connection with his involvement in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email. McCabe, who is tall and trim and known for wearing FBI-badge cuff links, was named deputy director in January 2016. He began with the FBI in 1996 investigating organized crime in New York.
In 2009 he helped begin a program to research effective interrogation practices after President Barack Obama banned waterboarding and other harsh tactics. McCabe came under fire last year from Republicans, including Trump, for helping to oversee the investigation into Clinton’s email use even though his wife had run for the Virginia senate with the support of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Clinton ally. The FBI said Andrew McCabe had sought ethics advice and followed it, avoiding involvement with public corruption cases in Virginia and avoiding any campaign activity or events. McCabe is a 1990 graduate of Duke University and earned his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis. The Associated Press lists possible Comey successors as former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).