Andrew George McCabe (born March 18, 1968) is an American attorney who served as the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from February 2016 to January 2018.
McCabe joined the FBI as a special agent in 1996 and served with the bureau's SWAT team.
He became a supervisory special agent in 2003 and held management positions of increasing responsibility until he was elevated to Deputy Director of the FBI in February 2016.
From May 9, 2017, to August 2, 2017, McCabe served as the Acting Director of the FBI following James Comey's dismissal by President Donald Trump.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that McCabe was one of several candidates under consideration for Director.
President Trump ultimately chose Christopher A.
Wray, the former Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Criminal Division, to succeed Comey.
Once Wray was sworn in, McCabe returned to the position of Deputy Director.Sessions fired McCabe on March 16, 2018, 26 hours before his scheduled retirement.
Sessions announced that he based his decision on reports from the DOJ Inspector General and the FBI's disciplinary office saying that McCabe had improperly authorized releases of information to The Wall Street Journal about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and had misled agents who questioned him about it on four separate occasions, three of which were under oath.
McCabe disputed these charges and alleged that his firing was politically motivated.
In September 2019, federal prosecutors recommended McCabe be indicted for actions relating to the leak.
The Justice Department inspector general report published on December 9, 2019 did not find McCabe engaged in politically biased actions against Trump.
After the report was published, McCabe said being accused of treason and being subject to years of personal attacks from Trump was "quite honestly terrifying", particularly as Trump had insinuated the proper punishment should be the death penalty.