Sanders: White House Not Involved in McCabe Decision
During a press briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Trump administration had nothing to do with the "removal" of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Reports broke on Monday that McCabe is taking “terminal leave” – effectively taking vacation until he reaches his planned retirement in a matter of weeks. As such, he will not be reporting to work at the FBI anymore.
McCabe has frequently been accused by President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers of political bias. They questioned his role in the Hillary Clinton email probe and the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
“None of this decision was made by that of the White House,” Sanders said, referring reporters to the FBI for specific details about McCabe's departure.
Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts said the White House may not have been involved in the decision to remove McCabe, but President Trump has clearly been involved in a "public relations campaign" against the now-former FBI official.
“The president stands by his previous comments, but in terms of the situation today -- as I just said -- we've seen reports as all of you have. We don’t have any specific comments," Sanders said. "And I would refer you to the FBI for any specifics on the things that are taking place today."
When asked to state definitively if Trump played a role in the McCabe decision, Sanders said, “The president wasn’t part of this decision-making process.”
She added that Trump has full faith in FBI Director Christopher Wray, and has put the personnel decision at the FBI in his hands.
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