From his perch on the seventh floor of FBI headquarters, Andrew McCabe is one of the most powerful figures in U.S. law enforcement, but most Americans would be hard-pressed to pick him out of a lineup.
Responsible for overseeing investigations of terrorists, spies and corrupt officials, as well as the sensitive inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the longtime FBI agent toils mostly behind the scenes, and he likes it that way.
“My focus is on the inside [of the FBI] and all the work we do that is not talked about in the newspaper, on CNN, on the Hill,” McCabe, 48, said in his first interview since he was named FBI Director James B. Comey’s second-in-command in January.
Donald Trump has been president for 109 days. And for the second time, people are drawing awkward comparisons between him and Richard Nixon.
In October 1973, President Nixon ordered the Justice Department to fire Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, after Cox had subpoenaed tapes of Nixon's phone calls and conversations in the White House.
Nixon refused to comply with the subpoenas and ordered Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson and Deputy Atty. Gen. William Ruckelshaus both resigned rather than fire Cox for doing his job.
A key Republican, Sen. Richard M. Burr, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.
The statement underscored the growing discomfort in the president's own party about Comey's abrupt dismissal amid the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump's campaign.
In an unusually forceful statement from the typically genteel North Carolina Republican, Burr said Comey's firing "confuses an already difficult investigation" and is "a loss" for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the nation.
FBI Director James B. Comey held a news conference about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email as secretary of State on Tuesday.
In firing FBI Director James B. Comey, the Trump administration cited Comey’s public statements about the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use a private email server while she was secretary of State.
In a letter recommending Comey’s removal, Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein focused on remarks Comey made at a July 5 news conference.
Lawmakers in Congress were stunned by President Trump's sudden firing Tuesday of FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including possible coordination with Trump associates.
Democrats quickly described Trump's dismissal of Comey as "Nixonian" and pushed for immediate hearings on the firing, while Republicans insisted it is the president's prerogative to hire and fire the nation's top law enforcement officer.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he told Trump he was making a "very big mistake."
President Trump has fired FBI Director James B. Comey, saying that the dramatic move was necessary to allow a "new beginning" at the FBI.
Comey has been supervising an investigation of Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and the possibility of cooperation between people linked to Trump's campaign and Moscow.
The FBI director also has been widely criticized by people in both parties for his handling of investigations connected to the election -- the Russia investigation as well as the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's email practices while she was secretary of State.
It's been 24 years since a president fired the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In 1993, President Clinton ousted William Sessions as FBI director after Sessions refused to voluntarily step down amid ethical concerns. It was the first and only time to happen in U.S. history. That is, until Donald Trump fired James Comey.
Sessions, appointed by Ronald Reagan, had been under investigation by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility during George H.W. Bush's final year in office.
I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.
While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.