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FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe stepping down immediately

WASHINGTON — FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has told FBI staff he is stepping down effective Monday — a move that surprised even those expecting his March retirement, sources tell CNN.

McCabe was a central target of President Donald Trump’s ire toward the FBI over its involvement in the investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

He was eligible to retire in March, but with his accumulated leave, he was able to step down earlier, CNN reported. However, CBS News was told he was forced out and is currently on leave until he can officially retire.

President Trump learned about the departure Monday morning, a White House official told CNN. The President did not answer a reporter’s question at the White House about McCabe’s departure.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump was not part of McCabe’s choice to step down and that the White House had not been part of the decision.

President Donald Trump did not answer a reporter’s question at the White House about McCabe’s departure.

FBI Assistant Deputy Director David Bowdich has been appointed as the bureau’s acting deputy director.