Controversy Surrounds Acting FBI Director

May 13, 2017 At least four candidates for the position of FBI director will be interviewed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy on Saturday. The position has been vacant since President Trump fired James Comey last week. The Deputy FBI Director, Andrew McCabe immediately assumed the role of Acting Director while the Trump administration searches for a permanent new director.

Firing Comey may weaken Trump’s support among Republicans who see the move as a blatant effort to cover up the truth. Some Republican lawmakers have expressed concern over Andrew McCabe serving as the head of the FBI — even temporarily. President Trump told reporters on Saturday that a new FBI Director could be chosen as early as next Friday, but The Hill reports that McCabe is among the handful of names being considered for the permanent position.

Less than 24 hours after McCabe assumed the role of Acting FBI Director, U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) expressed concern about McCabe’s new role, citing a conflict of interest. McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe ran for office in 2015 at the urging of Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Terry McAuliffe. Jill McCabe’s campaign received $467,500 from a PAC directed by McAulliffe. Senator Grassley told reporters:

[McCabe]”He’s got political problems because of (Virginia Gov. Terry) McAuliffe helping his wife and I don’t think he’s the person that should be taking over.”

Additionally, some say McCabe may have violated Justice Department rules in February in a conversation about the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

McCabe worked for the FBI for more than twenty years before he was appointed to the position of deputy FBI director by James Comey in January, 2016. According to the official FBI website, as the deputy director at the agency, McCabe oversaw all of the FBI domestic and international investigative and intelligence activities.


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