Trump needles FBI deputy amid news of retirement

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Trump, who has gone after McCabe in the past over his wife's ties to prominent Democrats, tweeted that the No. 2 FBI official is "racing the clock to retire with full benefits."

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"FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!" Trump said in another tweet. 

Trump's tweets came shortly after The Washington Post reported that McCabe would step down from his FBI post in the coming months, potentially in March when he is eligible for full pension benefits. 

The president interviewed McCabe to be FBI director in May after Trump fired James Comey from the post. Trump ultimately tapped Christopher Wray to lead the bureau.

The deputy FBI director spent hours behind closed doors this week on Capitol Hill being interviewed by members of three congressional committees probing Russia's interference in the election and the FBI's handling of federal probes.

McCabe has been the target of Republican criticism for the past year, with GOP lawmakers questioning his handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton's private email server and the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

Trump has also repeatedly pointed to his wife's connections to prominent Democratic politicians. 

McCabe's wife ran for Virginia state Senate in 2015 and was the recipient of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from a political action committee led by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who is closely tied to the Clintons.