FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who has been the target of Republican critics, plans to retire in a few months when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits, the Washington Post reports. McCabe spent hours last week facing questions behind closed doors from members of three Congressional committees. Republicans were dissatisfied with his answers; Democrats called it a partisan hounding. McCabe, 49, was former director James Comey’s right-hand man, a position that involved him in most of the actions that vex President Trump and in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, which still riles Democrats.
McCabe will become eligible for his full pension in early March. People close to him say he plans to retire as soon when he hits that mark. In a Twitter post, Trump characterized the move as “racing the clock to retire with full benefits.” John Pistole, who held the FBI’s No. 2 job for six years under Robert Mueller, said, “Andy’s in a difficult position now . . . because of the hyperpartisan political environment.” He added, “It’s disappointing to see how the criticism of the FBI is being used to try to undermine the credibility of the Mueller investigation. I think they’ve figured out they can’t undermine Bob’s integrity, so they’re just going to go after whoever they can dig up any dirt on.”