Trump met with acting FBI head shortly after Comey firing: report

Trump met with acting FBI head shortly after Comey firing: report
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President Trump met with acting FBI director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday, hours after firing James Comey from the post, according to NBC’s Mark Halperin.

“The first thing I can tell you from a senior administration official is the president met tonight for I believe about 30 minutes with the new acting FBI director, Mr. McCabe, who is a figure whose name came up in the conduct of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Roger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser MORE last year,” Halperin said on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

NBC News' Pete Williams confirmed that McCabe will be the acting director of the bureau. 

 

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McCabe previously served as the FBI’s deputy director and was second in command under Comey.

Trump said he fired Comey over concerns about the director’s judgment and at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says he was interviewed by Mueller CNN hires former DOJ spokesperson under Sessions as editor on 2020 campaign MORE and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

McCabe’s name caught the spotlight during the investigation into Clinton’s emails last year, when it become known that a Clinton ally donated almost $500,000 dollars to his wife’s 2015 state Senate campaign. A Republican state lawmaker called at the time for McCabe to resign, saying his Democratic ties would affect whether the FBI could objectively investigate Clinton.

Some lawmakers said Comey's dismissal will give the FBI to have a fresh start, while others who criticized the decision say the president is trying to stand in the way of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s inference in the 2016 election.