Trump asked acting FBI chief whom he voted for during WH meeting: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE asked Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe during an Oval Office meeting last year whom he voted for in the 2016 election, according to a new report.

The Washington Post reports Trump invited McCabe to the White House after he fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyIf Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Mueller delivers report, ending investigation | FEMA exposed info of 2.3M disaster survivors | Facebook asks judge to toss DC privacy lawsuit | Trump picks his first CTO | FCC settles lawsuit over net neutrality records MORE last May. McCabe was the acting FBI director at the time.

Current and former U.S. officials told the Post that Trump and McCabe had a casual conversation before Trump asked McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. McCabe reportedly told Trump that he didn’t vote.


Trump also reportedly expressed anger at McCabe over the thousands of dollars in donations his wife, a Democrat, received for her failed Virginia state Senate bid in 2015 from a political action committee led by former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who is closely tied to the Clintons.

One former U.S. official told the Post that McCabe thought the conversation with Trump was “disturbing,” and one person told the newspaper that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is interested in the talk.

McCabe was one of several candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey as FBI director. Trump ultimately tapped Christopher Wray to lead the bureau.

The report that Trump asked McCabe whom he voted for in 2016 follows an Axios report Monday that said Wray threatened to resign after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMueller's investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue Mueller delivers report to Justice, ending investigation Trump says 'people will not stand' for Mueller report MORE pressured him to remove McCabe from his post.

Sessions also allegedly told White House counsel Don McGahn about Wray’s response to the pressure for him to fire McCabe. McGahn replied by telling Sessions that McCabe wasn’t worth losing Wray, according to Axios.

Trump on Tuesday denied that Wray threatened to resign in response to pressure from Sessions to force out McCabe.

"No. He didn't at all. He did not even a little bit," Trump told reporters.

Trump has regularly criticized the donations that McCabe's wife received for her political bid, firing off several tweets last month blasting McCabe over the donations. 

Republicans have used the donations to call into question McCabe's role in the probe into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIf Mueller's report lacks indictments, collusion is a delusion Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report The wisdom of Trump's lawyers, and the accountability that must follow Mueller's report MORE's use of a private email server as secretary of State as well as the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election.

However, the FBI said in documents released earlier this month that McCabe did not have any role in the probe while his wife ran for office.

Updated: 8:20 p.m.