Grassley: Trump should ‘stay out of’ decision for new FBI deputy director

Grassley: Trump should ‘stay out of’ decision for new FBI deputy director
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAlarm grows over smash-and-grab robberies amid holiday season GOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting GOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision MORE (R-Iowa) said Monday that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should be removed from his post, but President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE should stay out of the decision, Bloomberg News reported.

“He oughta be replaced. And I’ve said that before and I’ve said it to people who can do it,” Grassley said.

“Trump ought to stay out of it. I think it’s a Christopher Wray job,” he added, referring to the FBI director.

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McCabe is expected to testify this week in a private session with the House Intelligence Committee, which is one of multiple congressional committees conducting an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Republican lawmakers have in recent weeks expressed concerns about possible bias within the FBI after it was revealed that an agent on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team was removed for sending anti-Trump text messages.

Grassley has previously questioned McCabe’s impartiality.

Earlier this month, he suggested McCabe might have violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal officials from using their offices to campaign for or against political candidates, when he used his government email account to promote his wife’s 2015 Senate campaign.

He complained over the summer that McCabe shouldn’t be named FBI director after Trump fired James Comey, citing McCabe’s wife’s political ties to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE

McCabe worked on the bureau’s investigation into whether Clinton improperly used a private email server.