Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey praises McCabe: He ‘stood tall’ while ‘small people’ tried to tear down the FBI Press: Congress must protect Mueller from Trump Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump taps finance exec as federal CIO | White House downplays talk of 5G takeover | Massive cryptocurrency heist sparks scrutiny MORE gave his support to departing Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Monday, saying McCabe “stood tall over the last 8 months, when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on.”
“He served with distinction for two decades. I wish Andy well,” Comey tweeted.
Special Agent Andrew McCabe stood tall over the last 8 months, when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on. He served with distinction for two decades. I wish Andy well. I also wish continued strength for the rest of the FBI. America needs you.
— James Comey (@Comey) January 30, 2018
Comey’s message comes after it was reported that McCabe would be stepping down from his position amid pressure from Republicans and President TrumpDonald John TrumpCynthia Nixon calls for Americans to ‘take to the streets’ if Trump fires Mueller Trump declines to implement new Russia sanctions Comey praises McCabe: He ‘stood tall’ while ‘small people’ tried to tear down the FBI MORE.
Trump had attacked McCabe on Twitter, accusing him of bias over his wife’s bid for state office in Virginia. She ran as a Democrat and received nearly $500,000 in donations from a super PAC linked to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonComey praises McCabe: He ‘stood tall’ while ‘small people’ tried to tear down the FBI Koch brothers kick donor network into high gear for midterms DNC CEO leaves group after less than a year: report MORE and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D).
Trump has also repeatedly attacked the FBI in recent months amid the ongoing special counsel probe into Russian election interference, saying last year that the agency’s reputation “is in Tatters — worst in History!”
The New York Times reported that FBI Director Christopher Wray pressured McCabe to step down over an upcoming inspector general report on McCabe and other top Justice Department officials’ actions during the 2016 presidential election.
Wray reportedly offered McCabe a job at a lower level of the agency, effectively demoting him, but McCabe chose to leave the bureau instead.
McCabe has been targeted by GOP lawmakers, who criticize the FBI over its handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, a probe that included McCabe.
The president also reportedly asked McCabe who he voted for in 2016 during an Oval Office meeting last year while McCabe was serving as the acting FBI director, and also told McCabe to ask his wife how it felt to be a loser after her failed campaign.
Comey was fired by Trump last May, a move that eventually led to the appointment of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.
The announcement of McCabe stepping down came the same day that the House Intelligence Committee voted to release a GOP-crafted memo alleging “shocking” surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Democrats say Republicans are attempting to undermine the DOJ in order to weaken Mueller.