White House: We didn't have anything to do with McCabe exit

The White House said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE had nothing to do with Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's departure from the law enforcement agency.

“I can say that the president wasn’t a part of this decision-making process," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
 
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She referred questions to the FBI, which she said would be putting out a statement. 
 
McCabe had come under withering criticism from Trump for what the president said was McCabe's role in politicizing the top levels of the FBI.
 
He had been expected to retire in March, but news broke on Monday that he would be leaving early — possibly through the use of vacation time.
 
Asked about Trump's criticism, Sanders said, “The president stands by his previous comments.”
 
"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!" Trump tweeted in late December in response to news reports about McCabe's plan to leave the bureau.
 
 
He also played a central role in the FBI’s probe into Russia's election meddling during the presidential race.
 
In addition, McCabe's wife received more than $400,000 in campaign donations from a group controlled by then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), a close Clinton ally, in her failed 2015 bid for the state Senate. 
 
That revelation drew the ire of the president, who reportedly asked McCabe during an Oval Office meeting who he voted for in the 2016 election. Trump denied asking the question while speaking last week with reporters. 
 
McCabe's oversight of the Clinton email probe was not seen as a conflict of interest by the FBI, since the Clinton investigation began after his wife's campaign was over. 
 
Sanders conceded the White House had some "concerns" with McCabe's decisions, but declined to describe the president's reaction to his departure.
 
Updated: 2:57 p.m.