A report says Trump wanted FBI deputy director fired – here’s why he still has the job

According to a report Monday from Axios, President Trump ordered FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire the deputy director, Andrew McCabe.

Why is McCabe still at the FBI?

The report says that Director Wray objected to the order and told the president that if McCabe were fired, he’d retire as well.

Since the administration was already under fire for jettisoning James Comey from the FBI, the report explains, Trump backed down from his order.

Axios reports that White House Counsel Don McGahn told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that it wasn’t worth seeing Wray retire just to fire McCabe after Sessions told him how agitated Wray was over the proposed ousting of McCabe.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice declined to comment on the report.

A campaign against McCabe

The president and his allies have led a campaign against McCabe amidst accusations that he colluded with FBI official Peter Strzok to undermine the president.

Trump has used his Twitter account to criticize McCabe:

Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation but got….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

…big dollars ($700,000) for his wife's political run from Hillary Clinton and her representatives. Drain the Swamp!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2017

And his allies have pointed to texts released from FBI official Peter Strzok that seem to imply McCabe had sympathies with the anti-Trump cause.

.@FoxNews-FBI’s Andrew McCabe, “in addition to his wife getting all of this money from M (Clinton Puppet), he was using, allegedly, his FBI Official Email Account to promote her campaign. You obviously cannot do this. These were the people who were investigating Hillary Clinton.”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2017

In December the president tweeted another accusation that the McCabe was biased for Hillary while he was in charge of the investigation into her private email account during the presidential election.

Another report said that McCabe was considering retiring in the coming months.

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