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Timeline: Trump's turbulent relationship with Andrew McCabe

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Trump and McCabe. Photos: Getty Images

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down, effective immediately, NBC News reported Monday. The announcement comes after months of tension with President Donald Trump, and just seven months after Trump named McCabe acting FBI director after firing James Comey.

Here's a look at McCabe's tumultuous relationship with Trump since that time.


  • May 9: Trump fires then-FBI director Comey. Before the firing, Trump reportedly complained to Comey that the investigation into possible collusion between the his campaign and the Kremlin was a "cloud" over his presidency and asked Comey to "let [Michael Flynn] go." McCabe is named acting director.
  • May 11: McCabe testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee as acting director on the state of the Russia probe.
  • May: After he became acting director, Trump asked McCabe in an Oval Office meeting who he voted for in 2016, per the Washington Post. McCabe says he didn't vote.
  • July 25: Trump tweets, "the acting head of the FBI & the person in charge of the Hillary investigation, Andrew McCabe, got $700,000 from H for wife!"
  • July 26: Trump tweets, "Why didn't A.G. Sessions replace Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend who was in charge of Clinton investigation..."
  • August 2: Christopher Wray is sworn in as the new FBI director. McCabe becomes his Deputy Director.
  • December 23: The Washington Post reports that McCabe plans to retire in March 2018 "when he becomes fully eligible for pension benefits."
    • The same day, Trump goes after McCabe on Twitter: "How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?" He later tweets, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits. 90 days to go?!!!"


  • January 23: Axios' Jonathan Swan reports that Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed.
    • The same day, the Washington Post reports that Trump asked McCabe who he voted for in 2016 during an Oval Office conversation shortly after Comey's firing and that McCabe found the question "disturbing."
  • January 29: NBC reports that McCabe is stepping down, and sources tell CBS' Pat Milton that McCabe was forced out. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump and the White House were not involved in McCabe's decision to step down.
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